cyber security predictions

34 percent of consumers in the U.S. alone have their personal information compromised due to data breaches. It is no surprise that cyber security continues to be one of the hottest topics for the IT industry. However, how companies adapt to and address cyber security challenges can make all the difference when it comes to protecting their consumers.

Companies, big or small, need to identify ways to work faster and smarter to meet the demands of what is becoming a crowded and very dynamic marketplace, along with the needs of their customers.

No one can predict the future successfully. It is best to understand what trends will manifest themselves in 2019. In this post, we will discuss some of the trends and activities most likely to affect individuals and government agencies. The following cyber security predictions will help you prepare ahead of time to protect against data breaches.

Email Security

In the year 2018, email security dominated the threat landscape with attacks targeting individuals and businesses. Cyber attacks such as business email compromise, spear phishing and phishing are predicted to increase in 2019. Hackers have become increasingly sophisticated by turning to social engineering techniques to succeed. It is predicted that phishing attacks will not be just confined to emails anymore, but hackers will also try to penetrate text and voice communications through account-based takeovers. An account takeover is when a hacker gains access to accounts using shared credentials; something most companies are guilty of.

Single Factor Authentication

In the last few years, biometric logins such as fingerprint and face readers have become more popular. However, biometric login methods are considered convenient and more secure than using passwords – single method of authentication does not guarantee total safety. Experts recommend that individuals using biometric logins should add a second form of authentication to keep hackers from gaining access to their financial and personal data.

Chatbots

Chatbots have become increasingly common with many online businesses that use them as a first layer of customer support and engagement, before an actual human representative can take over to address more complex issues. While this software is very useful, it is predicted that hackers can leverage web application flaws in genuine websites to insert hijacked chatbots into other sites. Attackers are predicted to start experimenting with malicious chatbots to misdirect victims to nefarious links rather than legitimate ones. Hackers will then use these links to do anything from hijacking bank sites to installing malware.

Cloud Insecurity

In 2018, cloud insecurity grew and unfortunately, this trend is predicted to carry on even in 2019. More and more data continues to be deployed from disparate parts of companies and more data will end up unsecured. Individuals and organizations have been warned about repeated breaches but despite the continual publicity, a majority of these people still do not take cyber security seriously.

These are just a few of the threats that are predicted to affect cyber security in 2019. Whether you are an individual or a company seeking to remain safe from such threats, you need to be well-informed about cyber security and what you can do on your part. You don’t have to do this alone. With private proxies, you can improve online anonymity and keep your personal information safe.