The world of cybersecurity is fast-paced and constantly changing. Where certain strategies once worked perfectly, new threats eventually emerge.

 

Keeping up with a growing number of malicious influences and implementing effective security strategies to combat them involves staying up to date on yearly shifts in cybersecurity practices across industries.

 

Here, we have put together a short list of important trends in cybersecurity that are likely to develop throughout 2020. Read on to learn more:

 

AI Being Used to Protect and Attack

 

As AI technology matures, experts are pointing to its potential for devising better broad-perspective security practices from extensive data sets.1 However, some are concerned that AI can also be used to assist attackers in sleuthing out exploitable vulnerabilities.

 

In light of the above, businesses may find the use of AI to no longer be optional. Cybersecurity measures are likely to rely increasingly on this emerging technology to establish a reasonable security baseline in a sea of evolving threats. 

 

Lifetime Monitoring of Code

 

More than ever before, the importance of precise and consistent monitoring practices for code put into production is manifesting.2

 

Code monitoring is likely to extend over the full lifetime of product and service offerings to ensure security remains consistent at all times. This degree of monitoring may also extend from company servers to consumer downloads and corporate devices active on a business’s network.

 

Power Admin’s File Sight solution provides consistent network-wide file and user activity monitoring to bolster your network’s security. Real-time reports are generated with detailed logs for fast, effective analysis for highly effective cybersecurity network monitoring.

 

Developmental Transparency and Testing Will Take Center Stage

 

This year’s Democratic Iowa Caucuses brought the importance of both transparency and comprehensive testing throughout the software development process to the forefront.

 

When a newly commissioned vote tallying app failed, its lack of thorough testing prior to use coupled with a poorly planned approach of “security through obscurity” condemned it in the eyes of the public.3 Injecting greater transparency into the programming process for both businesses and consumers could cut down on such risks substantially.

 

Ransomware and Deep-Fakes Will Become More Threatening

 

Deep-fakes alone have continued to develop at what some experts deem to be an alarming pace.4

 

Due to growth in deep-fake technology’s sophistication, the fraudulent content produced with it has become increasingly difficult to accurately detect.

 

Ransomware techniques have also seen a steady rise in sophistication. Malicious alliances, cloud service targeting, and more widespread phishing attempts characterize this new wave of malicious tactics. To combat this, companies will need to offer more aggressive security basics internally as well as externally to their customers.

 

From two-factor authentication and minimum password sophistication requirements to greater use of biometrics and verifiable communication channels, stronger ransomware prevention measures are necessary to keep sensitive information safe from bad actors online.

 

Patchwork Programming Becoming Vulnerable

 

With attacks moving more rapidly this year than they have before, the relative security of the patch-reliant approach many software providers have chosen may need revising.

 

In March alone, Microsoft released a major patch for Windows that includes fixes for over 100 significant vulnerabilities.5 Although this approach to security remains relatively effective, it could prove insufficient as attackers’ tactics continue to develop. Companies should look to more comprehensive security measures shipping earlier in production code to keep threats at bay.

 

The biggest cybersecurity threats and trends covered above are likely to grow in significance for the foreseeable future. Adopting beneficial practices based on these trends can help keep your sensitive data secure in our increasingly interconnected world.

 

If you are searching for a competent cybersecurity partner with enterprise-grade experience, reach out to us here at Power Admin at 1-800-401-2339 today. From how to prevent a ransomware attack to putting a data loss prevention system in place—we have you covered.

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2019/11/24/10-predictions-how-ai-will-improve-cybersecurity-in-2020/#3186bd666dd7
  2. https://www.csoonline.com/article/3519913/cybersecurity-in-2020-from-secure-code-to-defense-in-depth.html
  3. https://fortune.com/2020/02/03/iowa-caucus-voting-app-security-hack-disinformation/
  4. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/18/automated-hacking-deepfakes-top-cybersecurity-threats-in-2020.html
  5. https://www.securityweek.com/microsoft-patches-115-vulnerabilities-windows-other-products

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