Top Information Security Threats In The Future : A 2019 Preview

The Future Of Information Security Threats: A 2019 Preview

Data breach costs are on the rise. According to recent reports, total costs are up 6.4 percent compared to 2017, while per-record costs rose by almost 5 percent.

Companies need better ways to secure critical information and ensure the right people have the right access for the right reasons. This is especially critical as 2018 comes to a close. Here’s what you need to know about the top information security threats of 2019.

Understanding InfoSec

It’s easy to conflate cybersecurity and information security since both concepts focus on defending corporate IT assets. There’s a critical difference, however: While cybersecurity refers to the general process of protecting networks, servers and applications, information security specifically deals with the defense of critical data on your network.

InfoSec has recently garnered substantial media attention owing to the implementation of new, data-focused legislation such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Effective information security depends on well-articulated policies and processes that are capable of detecting potentially malicious activity and reliably authenticating and authorizing legitimate network users.

Top Information Security Threats of 2019

2018 saw the continued rise of ransomware and the emergence of dedicated crypto-mining tools along with renewed phishing efforts by sophisticated hacker groups.

What’s on the InfoSec radar for 2019?

  • Bigger Phish — Phishing attacks were a staple of attacker arsenals in 2018 — expect this trend to continue through the new year. Humans are always easier to hack than adaptive security controls and can provide direct access to critical systems.
    Combatting this problem starts with solid email filtering tools but also demands better user education: This includes everything from physical office campaigns — such as posters and other visible reminders — to regular training and testing to help users spot potential phish.
  • Disrupted Connections — With mobile and IoT devices storming the corporate landscape, connections are critical to business function. The problem is, many of these connections are fragile. With minimal effort, hackers can disrupt connections and cause serious problems.
    Companies must develop alternate communications plans if hackers unleash DDoS attacks or other disruptions. For example, cloud-based backups can help organizations continue operations from remote sites if primary connections fail.
  • Data Manipulation — Instead of simply stealing data, expect hackers to start cracking corporate networks and manipulating this data to undermine public trust.
    Implement strong identity and access controls to reduce the chance of a network breach and leverage real-time monitoring tools capable of detecting rapid and substantial changes to datasets.
  • Commercialized Attacks — In 2019, hackers will continue the trend of commercializing attack vectors. Already, malware packages are pre-built and available at a low cost on the Dark Web; many come with robust technical support.
    Effective InfoSec defense depends on automated, intelligent controls with the ability to detect these commercialized efforts before they breach network defenses.

The InfoSec Imperative

The future of information security threats includes bigger phish, manipulated data and commercialized attacks. Defending business interests demands a fresh look at 2019 InfoSec initiatives: Companies must combine effective education with advanced tools and reliable backups to protect their most valuable IT assets.

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