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9 Cybersecurity Trends & Predictions For 2018

Mercury Solutions limited
16/01/2018 0 1

The unpleasant cyber attacks of 2017 are still fresh in the minds of the people.

To mention a few, they are Wanna Cry, Not Petya, Equifax, and etc.

Evidently, the 'Cybersecurity' term which was known to IT professionals and was less common to layman has hit the world. By witnessing these mentioned cyber attacks and more other terrible attacks, one may not dare enough to predict the possible attacks in the year 2018.

Still, there is positive hope in securing the cyber world. The private, public, and the government agencies as well are allocating separate budget on cybersecurity.

We can find several hit words revolving around the cyber world like the IoT security, GDPR, Cloud security, security literacy, critical infrastructure, password death, official cyberwar, questions on board and more.

The Information Security professionals from C-suite level down to Network Administrators are looking forward to Cyber Security Resilience, Smarter Security, Security Protocol, Research Promotion, Blockchain usage, Security Rethinking, Cyber Hygiene, White-hat hacker, and so forth.

"2018 is going to be a very busy year as companies and their technology vendors fight to protect information and debate who should pay in the event of a breach," says Jeff Swearingen, CEO of SecureLink.

At this juncture, it is essential to know some of the Cybersecurity predictions in 2018.

1. AI-powered Attacks:

As free and commercial AI implementations are growing, and bad guys in no time would attack this zone. A few of the expected attacks include spam messaging with chatbots, smarter brute force attacks, or the cryptographic attacks.

2. Cyber-hijack:

As an autonomous control for transportation is becoming real with the Internet of Things [IoT], the hackers may take complete control of the transport automation and demand ransom for relinquishment.

3. Cyber-war:

The passive-aggressive actions may turn into an open aggression regarding the attacks on banks, governments, and, others. It may include the attacks on infrastructure and utilities for disrupting the normal operations.

4. IoT legislation:

Gary Hayslip, CISO of Webroot says that "Legislation will require IoT manufacturers to be responsible for producing products without known defects." Bringing legislation may become the game changer in adopting IoT efficiently and securely.

5. Attack through Social Media:

Social media is another zone for the attack through sophisticated activities like the social engineering and reconnaissance. The organizations must implement enterprise-wide social media security policies to protect themselves from breaches.

6. Political Attack:

Data breach is an undeniable and unfortunate development in the cyber world. Several cyber-attacks against the infrastructure industry may be influenced by politics, with a potential for loss of human life.

7. Biometric Adoption:

The fingerprint and facial recognition authentication on mobile devices, two-factor authentication for the personal account would become predominant. The adoption will increase more in the year 2018 at enterprises and personal level.

8. Mobile Attack:

It is predicted that the games available for free when clicked for download, the mobile system may get compromised for data leakage that is stored in it.

9. Organized crimes:

The cyber-crime may become well-organized and planned. The use of ransomware and other cyber-extortion tools would continue to grow.

As a result, the managed security solutions provider would be in great demand. The GDPR is going to be effective from May 2018.

Apart from these predictions, there may include unpredicted security issues. And the predictions may or may not come true.

However, the individual's or the organization's data today are vulnerable to attack anytime. Steps regarding the safeguard of the data are highly essential.


You should understand the need of Cyber-security to protect any of the Organization form Cyber Crime. Mercury Solutions offers the Cyber Security training courses. Learn from the experts.

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Shekhar arora | 17/03/2018

Really nice article.keep up the good work. I have also written on social media threats step by step to aware people on it.Do watch and share your insights Social Media Threats (Part-1) - Social networking has changed the way we interface with companions and partners. While interpersonal organizations, as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare, and Google+, assume a critical part in our lives, they are additionally a high hazard for security.

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