2020 Cybersecurity Trends to Keep an Eye On

Cybersecurity has always been a battle between attackers and organizations trying to keep ahead of them. 2019 was no different. It was a year stained by data breaches and attacks targeting businesses and government agencies, we could say it was a “bad year” in terms of cybersecurity and we expect cybercriminals to evolve their tactics as the security industry grapples with cyberattack response and weighs the merits of paying ransoms. 

4 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch in 2020

1. Cybercriminals Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) 

According to the World Economic Forum, AI will continue to be used as a proxy for crime, but also to quicken security responses, by accelerating the identification of new threats and responses to them and helping to block attacks before they can spread widely.

However, not everything is good news. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of Artificial Intelligence to help them probe networks, find vulnerabilities and develop more evasive malware.

2. To Err is Human

It’s known that cybersecurity rellies not only on tools and techniques but also on human interaction. Cybercriminals are aware of this and continue to target people to complete an action (click a bogus URL, visit and infested website, open a file with a trojan) in order to succeed in their attacks. It’s known that they have moved from using the classic email approach to more vicious ways through popular mobile apps and social media platforms. 

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During 2019, humans once again demonstrated to be the weakest link in cybersecurity, 60% of all global data breaches were directly or indirectly due to unpatched vulnerabilities in software. Gartner predicts that by 2025, 99% of cloud security failures will be attributed to end-users, not their cloud service providers. 

3. The Cloud… Safe Place?

As more corporate infrastructure moves to the cloud, so will the focus of criminals. 

Organizations are making rapid moves to the cloud without ensuring their data is secured in transit and once it’s there, leaving their data insecure there and vulnerable to data breaches and regulatory fines. Cybercriminals are now taking advantage of organizations’ learning curves to launch new attacks.

4. Regulation Days Are Coming

This year began with the introduction of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a bill that empowers users to access the personal data companies have collected on them and demand for it to be deleted or restrict it from being sold to third parties.

It’s expected that other states around the USA create similarly, or copy-paste the CCPA. This is a trend that has been growing in different countries, especially Europe. 

These are 4 of the most popular cybersecurity trends to expect in 2020, they are not new but rather unresolved issues from the past that needs to be taken into consideration by organizations. 


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