Now that we’re halfway through 2019, let’s take a look at our top five security predictions for the year of 2019. What we did was look at what happened in the world of cybercrime in 2018; specifically, the things that were affecting businesses. Here’s what we came up with:
Trend #1 – The Proliferation of IoT
Back in the day, a business network would include things like an office printer, numerous computers, and cell phones. Now we’re seeing things like smart lights and plugs, digital assistants (Alexa, Google Home, etc.); while all these devices make the office a fun space to work in they can leave you vulnerable to attacks. Before you add these cool devices to the network you should check with the IT department to make sure they are setup properly. The bare minimum would be to change the default passwords on these devices and make sure the firmware is up to date,
Trend #2 – Increase in Two-Factor Authentication
This security practice is becoming more and more popular. Two-factor is when you’re going to log into a service that asks for a username/or email and a password, then you get a text containing another code. You enter that code into the field and then you’re in! This essentially creates another level of security so if a hacker were to find your password in a breach, they wouldn’t be able to access your account without the two-factor code.
Trend #3 – Cybercriminals are Getting Smarter
The skills that attackers use are evolving every single day. It’s hard to keep track what techniques they are using to breach businesses but it’s important to stay as in-the-know as possible. It’s not hard for somebody who is tech-savvy to access training courses on the darkweb that will teach them everything they need to know to cause a data breach. But it’s also easy for you to find tools and resources to defend your business against these hackers. Taking security courses and watching online videos is a great first step to improving your security.
Trend # 4 – Security and Privacy are Becoming a Major Board Concern
In 2018 we saw security become a concern at a mid-market level and in 2019 it’s not slowing down. Companies are realizing that security is not simply an IT matter. The reality is that if your company is breached or violates a privacy regulation (i.e. GDPR) you are at risk consequences such as major fines from the government and damage to your brand’s reputation. If you sit on a Board and security hasn’t been brought up, put it on the table for discussion at your next meeting. Ensure that security and privacy is being taken seriously.
Trend #5 – Increase in Focus on Small Businesses
A lot of small businesses think they have nothing to worry about when it comes to being breached. We know that no business is safe from an attacker’s crosshairs. While your small business may not be on the same scale as Target or Equifax, you are still holding sensitive, personally identifiable information. Cybercriminals have realized this fact and are more vigilant than ever. If you own a business or have any investment in a small business, sit down and talk to your team about what is happening in terms of security and start to make a plan.
There are our five trends to be on the lookout for this year. Let us know in the comments other trends you’ve noticed.