A general take on cybersecurity in 2019 from bits and pieces of news, business involvement,
and interactions with the IT professional’s community. Not an analysis of threat genres, but a recollection of trending incidences.
- Ransomware stayed the lead cyber threat with every indication of continuing
to hit harder and more frequent.
- Ransomware started redefining the borders of digital ethics. Strong voices have emerged in support of paying cyber criminals to save money and time in recovering and retrieving from ransomware attacks.
- Smaller and medium sized businesses effected by ransomware attacks have found it difficult to revive business itself. In many cases had to close down.
- Fake news is big news. Has become a social concern and unfortunately a powerful tool for negativity. However, there is a probability of its impact weakening in the future as reports suggest that the younger generation is more apt in identifying fake news.
- The medical and academic sector out beats the financial sector as “preferred victims” for cyber criminals
- Cybercrime retains its position as one of the top “most discussed” topic for human civilization.
- The acute scarcity of cyber security professionals continues to plague the cybersecurity spectrum with little hope of fast fulfillment.
- Cyber incidences have become obvious. Can happen to anyone, anytime. It is an accepted fact of life now.
- Data is more valuable than gold. Cybersecurity is an integral part of our life
- Most of the authorities continue to fail investing on massive campaigns for public cybersecurity awareness
- Most of the enterprises continue to fail investing in employee cybersecurity awareness trainings
- Cybersecurity professionals are getting stressed with continuous vigilance roles
- Cybersecurity professionals continue to remain ignored from entry into the management circle.
- Cybercrime is getting more and more sophisticated. It is getting complicated and expensive for cybersecurity professionals in training’s and knowledge acquiring to combat multiple points of innovative attacks.
- Insider threat management has become a serious concern.
- Nations are indulging in cyber warfare with all indications to become more and more hostile in the days to come.
- Industrial cybersecurity has become a serious concern. It is a chosen target by hostile nations and cyber criminal gangs alike.
- Android continues to stay vulnerable for the mobile world
- Malicious apps flood the play stores
- News of massive data leakages and breaches have plagued the year.
- Social media platforms have repeatedly failed to protect our digital privacy.
- The legal framework to deal with cybercrimes still remain in distant horizons for most nations.
- Cybersecurity compliance regulations continue to remain obscure in most of the fields.
- Interestingly some of the smartphone industry leaders have started to present security as a sales pitch.
- Phishing has become a common and easy-to-manipulate tool for cyber criminal