With the New Year upon us, it is but natural to write about my thoughts on the security trends that might shape 2018! 🙂 So, here goes:
- Overall, security trends will closely follow technical trends for a particular year. If AI(Artificial intelligence) , ‘Data analytics’ and IoT(Internet of things) are said to be game changers in the technical industry for 2018 – Infosec trends will definitely exploit the security issues with the mentioned concepts.
- ‘Expect the unexpected’
This might be life’s greatest quote but it holds good for the Infosec industry as well. Equifax, eBay, Uber, University of Oklahoma, Washington State University were all victims of data breaches of 2017.
These data breaches compromised personal data and 2018 will be yet another year, which steals more personal data. More organizations will lose their precious data or the data will be at the mercy of yet another ingenious way to grab it!
3. ‘Bitcoin’ and other cryptocurrencies:
Will ‘Bitcoin’ hold its sway and continue its meteoric rise? From a humble value of 1000$(for 1 Bitcoin) in the beginning of 2017 to a massive rise of 15,000$(for 1 Bitcoin) by the end of 2017, Bitcoin sure did raise a few eyebrows. It is quite a possibility that the rise will continue and ‘Bitcoin’ and other cryptocurrencies will be a game changer in the Infosec industry in 2018.
4. Ransomware, fileless malware… what next?
Viruses,phishing emails,Trojan horse were already on the prowl than, that new attacks came to the fore in 2017. We heard new security jargon like ‘ransomware’ and ‘fileless malware’ in 2017 and were scrambling to read all about it , understand it and see if were affected by it in any way.
2018 will continue to see newer types of attacks and newer security lingo thrown around as hackers get smarter. The more a technology or product is used – the higher the possibility it will be exploited in a novel manner for personal gains.
5. Data privacy
Data privacy continues to be a lost issue with every new device monitoring our conversation, location, likes, dislikes. There is a huge electronic virtual dictionary being built on us with the digital footprint that we are constantly leaving. This will continue into 2018 and beyond!
These are the five points that I think might shake the InfoSec world in 2018!
Jayanthi Manikandan has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from India and a Master’s degree in Information systems with a specialization in Information security from Detroit, MI, USA.
She has been passionate about Information security and has several years of experience writing on various technical topics. Additionally, she loves to pen a few personal thoughts here as well! 🙂