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Cyber security trends to watch out for in 2018

Hannah Melia
From an IT resourcing point of view, arguably the overriding concern in cyber security right now is the lack of cyber-security specialists to fill open job requirements. Organisations without in-house cyber-security provision will of course look to providers, such as Capita IT Resourcing, to source the right talent to help to manage security policy and deal with incidents.

And of course, it’s these incidents that cause alarm – the Equifax data breach last year made huge waves as hackers stole the personal data of thousands of the credit-reference agency’s customers. This is just one of the reasons why skilled cyber security practitioners are more in demand than ever, especially those with data analytics, data science, AI, IoT connectivity, application security skills, as well as those with up-to-date knowledge of regulatory guidelines.

While publicity has led to many more consumers being aware of how to avoid ransomware attacks on their home devices, some analysts claim that the next step in ransomware will see further targeting of organisations (as seen with the NHS and WannaCry in 2017) or even “internet of things” devices such as smart homes or intelligent facilities management systems. It isn’t just software at risk, either: the hardware-attacking bugs Meltdown and Spectre affect laptops, desktops and even the Cloud. However, hopefully this increased vigilance in the home will transfer to the business environment too.

Automation will also have an influence on the cyber security sector, with tools helping to streamline existing processes. Technology will also of course play a role in detecting threats, whether these come from humans or bots. While cyber security innovators are working with technologies including AI, deep learning and machine learning, it goes without saying that those whose agenda is penetrating security defences are of course also working on the potential of these technologies. AI and machine learning software uses information gleaned from past events in order to recognise and combat potential cyber security attacks; however, hackers may also benefit from AI’s traits, particularly when it comes to uncovering passwords. Malware supported by AI could be the next weapon of the large- and small-scale hacker. Furthermore, the new generation of serverless apps may reduce costs, but may be vulnerable to attacks on their service and data-handling.

The GDPR will of course have an effect on cybersecurity, as it compels firms handling consumer data to secure this data properly. However, there is uncertainty about how many firms will be compliant by the deadline, and whether the initial fines for non-compliance will be headline-grabbingly huge.

Read our related blog: Digital trends in 2018
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