It is well known that the fourth industrial revolution opens up a multitude of new business opportunities. In parallel, the danger for cyber-attacks is also increasing. It is important that companies prepare for it.
Not only should they think about security solutions directly when planning IT technology, but they should also develop a keen awareness of the corporate culture for security – which requires significant investment. According to estimates by Gartner, security spending for 2018 will continue to rise sharply globally, reaching $ 93 billion. For the coming year, this means that Cyber Security will capture some of the key trends.
IT security experts are still in demand
As technology evolves, security expertise needs to adapt to changing needs. The challenge is to train cybersecurity specialists to acquire and develop the skills they need as quickly as possible. According to the Cyber Security Ventures Report, it is predicted that there will be around 3.5 billion unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021. The responsibility lies in the hands of governments, universities, schools, and companies to meet this need.
Protection and resilience
In this day and age, it is difficult to completely avoid security gaps. Therefore, you shouldn’t just ignore them, but make appropriate arrangements. As a result of this development, the resilience of the IT infrastructure will become more of a focus, and not just prevention alone. For companies, it is important to talk openly about their own weak points, to raise awareness and to show responsibility. Funds currently used to prevent cyber-attacks may need to be redistributed to detect security threats in time and to remain operational in the event of an attack.
Next-generation security solutions are driven by digital ecosystems
In IOT hype era, the protection of customer data becomes more and more important. Vulnerabilities exposing sensitive data can have serious consequences as companies will be held accountable for personal data in the future. This ownership is a major challenge for companies, and the responsibility to ensure a degree of security for their users lays on technology manufacturers. As the need for cybersecurity solutions and regulations grows, companies need to develop appropriate strategies to minimize any risk. These strategies should not only meet today’s expectations but also incorporate new business models promoted by new technologies.
Cyber-attacks increasingly sophisticated
Of the e-mails received, around 70% are spam and the majority of them contain phishing messages. Other known threats include rogue Trojan horses, malware or distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Over the past few months, they have led to massive data loss and continued to make company or customer data vulnerable to cybercriminals. With 93% of the attackers, the money is in the center. Hackers try to gain the highest possible profit through simple tricks and are often successful in smaller companies with inadequate security solutions.
New technologies: a blessing and a curse at the same time
Innovative technologies enable cybercriminals to use sophisticated methods for their attacks. But these innovations can also help build and reinforce defense and protection against hackers. A major threat, for example, comes from artificial intelligence (AI) applications. However, AI can also be used to detect potential risks faster. How important AI is for IT security is an outlook on the global market for artificial intelligence solutions: according to a recent study, it will grow to $ 18.2 billion by 2023. Likewise, the Internet of Things, with an estimated circulation of 22.5 billion networked items, is both a driver of innovation and a door opener for increased threat potential, according to a Business Insider platform report. On the one hand, security becomes a challenge, but on the other hand, the data generated by Internet-enabled devices can help detect breaches early.
The focus is on vertical industries
While cyber attacks affect all sectors of the economy, there are still some key sectors that are likely to be particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks:
- The Financial Sector, BFSI: (Banking, Financial Services and Insurance): The BFSI sector is under increasing pressure. This is due to competitors with digital assistances and the constant pressure to modernize their existing systems. The value of customer data is increasing as customers demand more comfortable and personalized service. Nevertheless, trust remains crucial. According to a recent study, about 50% of customers in the UK would change banks as a result of a cyber-attack, while 47% would completely lose confidence. Large-scale cyber-attacks have already left a large number of banks victims of a hacker attack. This shows that the sector has to adapt to these risks. So, it’s important that banks invest more in security solutions to ensure 24/7 protection.
- Healthcare: More and more patient is having digitized medical records. In addition, artificial intelligence and web-enabled devices will increase the speed of diagnosis and improve patient care. However, the integration of personal data and Internet-enabled devices also involves risks. Earlier this year, Experian predicted that the healthcare sector would be the most affected market by cyber-attacks, as some examples have already shown. This means that the health sector should similarly invest in risk analysis as the banking sector. In addition, the implementation of industry-wide standards is needed.
- Retail: In the retail market, customized shopping experiences are becoming increasingly important, so data analysis tools help retailers implement them. However, there is also a great responsibility to protect this data, which can include more than just shopping habits and login data, but also account details and addresses. Thanks to Internet technologies, augmented reality and face recognition, the shopping experience is becoming increasingly networked, but here, too, stronger networking also entails a greater risk of data loss. Therefore, the creation of a resilient strategy approach is also crucial for the retail sector.
- Telecommunications: Telecommunications companies as Internet service providers are among the industries that are at increased risk for cyber-security. They should include security measures in network infrastructure, software, applications and endpoints to minimize the risk of customer vulnerabilities and data loss. Nowadays, consumers are increasingly wondering who they entrust their data to. For service providers, this is a good opportunity to provide additional security services. In addition, a collaboration between competitors may increase cyberattack resilience.
What does this mean for the year 2018?
Overall, it can be seen that companies in all industries, as well as individuals, need to improve their cybersecurity awareness, identify the risks, and take appropriate countermeasures. Key competitive advantages are companies investing in security solutions. At the same time, cyber-security must also become an issue for state governments and at the international level where laws and regulations must be adapted accordingly. In addition, governments must invest in training and education or disclosure of cyber-threat threats.