Cybersecurity Trends 2019

Cybersecurity Trends 2019

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
  • The majority of people continue to ignore the seriousness of password management and privacy policy settings.
  • 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