Ten trends that will change business cyber security protection in 2018

2017 once again proved that the cyber threat landscape is complex and constantly changing, dictating the need for comprehensive and responsive defences that step up to the real challenges that organisations face. AI-aided attacks, increased regulation and the exponential growth of endpoint and IoT devices present the opportunity for entirely new forms of risks to emerge, ever changing the face of cyber security. Darren Thomson, EMEA Chief Technology Officer at Symantec explores the key trends and threats to anticipate in the coming year.

The Cyber Cold War Escalates

As international tensions continue to go digital, much of this will remain unknown to the world stage. Nation states won’t be able to publicly peacock their cyber arsenal to intimidate or dissuade their enemies, at the risk of revealing their attack vectors and exploits. This underground warfare is already poised to be a major geopolitical weapon for world powers and rogue states in 2018, escalating the already high stakes and potential for destruction. Industries, critical infrastructure, supply chains and people will be the pawns in an escalating modern war unlike any before it.

The Rise of Mass Social Engineering

Mass social engineering will also become a crucial weapon in modern warfare, with machine learning and AI leveraged to construct more complex and highly targeted lures against citizens and organisations. The more mature use of data and analytics will see social media attacks conducted at a more impactful level, with the potential for high-profile impact leading us to question who and what we can trust. While fake news is likely to remain part of the picture in 2018, be prepared for social engineering to take new guises.

Source: IT Pro Portal

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