4 Cybersecurity Trends on the Horizon in 2019

Donovan Blaylock II
December 05, 2018

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Cybersecurity trends evolve as fast as cybertechnology. It’s hard to keep up.

That’s why it’s our job to keep you on the cutting edge of the hottest trends in cybersecurity.

In this article, we’ll look at the top cybersecurity trends to watch in 2019. Whether you’re in IT, healthcare, education, government or the financial sector, these are information security trends you need to know about.

1. Prepare for General Data Protection Regulation

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) calls itself the “most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years.”

Considering the massive data breach trends of the past few years, it’s not worth debating whether this claim is 100% accurate. Just be ready for it.

Penalties for breach of GDPR will be the higher amount between your 4% annual global turnover and €20 Million. And yes, GDPR will affect U.S. businesses and businesses all across the world.

2. The IoT Will Prove a Target-Rich Environment

IoT stands for the “Internet of Things” and it will shape some of the biggest trends in cybersecurity in 2019 and beyond.

Imagine a global network of “smart appliances,” including computers, smartphones, radios, TVs, refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc. These appliances will use our personal data, browsing history, and shopping habits to create a science-fiction-like world of efficiency, comfort, and convenience.

But IoT will also prove a playground for hackers. Instead of hijacking our computers and phones, hackers will be able to get directly into our homes and businesses. This cybersecurity trend will unfold quicker than you think, so it’s a good idea to start preparing.

3. Prepare for More Ransomware

Between 2015 and 2017, the overall cost of ransomware exploded from $325 million to $5 Billion. Clearly, this means ransomware is a profitable venture for hackers — so expect more of it.

Back up your files. Be extra careful of suspicious emails and beware of the type of protection you install on your devices. Some Ransomware programs disguise themselves as a solution to the problem when they’re really the cause.

4. The Coming Explosion of Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technology isn’t just for processing and tracking cryptocurrency transactions.

The speed, cost-effectiveness and nearly tamper-free nature of this technology, make it an attractive option for managing dozens of data processing tasks, including:

  • Insurance claims processing
  • Data sharing and backup
  • Digital elections (voting, etc.)
  • Tracking prescription drugs
  • Tracking weapons ownership
  • Trading equities and futures
  • Will and estate plan management
  • Property record management (deeds, titles, etc.)

Even the United States Pentagon is considering using this technology as a cybersecurity shield. Blockchain technology will also be the data engine behind the IoT and much, much more.

Stay Ahead of the Cybersecurity Trends

Keeping up with cybersecurity trends is smart. But you also have a business to run. Meanwhile, hackers are working full-time to crack your network.

We can help protect your organization from these attacks. We proactively monitor your network for vulnerabilities and help keep you safe so you can focus on running your business.

Contact us now to find out how we can make your business safer, and your life easier.

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