With the end of 2018 rapidly approaching, thoughts are now turning towards exactly what the future holds for Cyber Security. It has been a year of upheaval, as companies increasingly prioritise Digital Transformation projects, thereby requiring a more secure Digital presence. With this in mind, we’ve pin-pointed five new trends that look set to become important in the world of Cyber Security in 2019. 

1) Biometrics

It is estimated that the use of passwords and tokens to identify a user will drop, by up to 55% in medium-risk use cases by 2019. This is due to the increasing range of biometrics available to help establish a user’s identity, including fingerprinting, retina scanning and voice recognition. Passwords will not completely disappear, but the focus will shift to products that promote an environment of continuous trust and good user experience. 

2) Internet of Things

A significant proportion of devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) will suffer in 2019, due to poor authentication measures. As a result, they will be unable to address both old and new threats. Organisations will have to establish and carry out measures to identify authentication risks, identity assurance, and benchmark metrics to help develop these measures further. 

3) Cloud Access Security Brokers

As more firms go digital, increasing quantities of data are being stored inside Cloud-based software. Organisations are still skeptical about cloud migration and must be prepared to weigh up the pros and cons of cloud-based access security brokers (CASBs). Increasingly, these packages will be homogenous, including a network firewall, secure web gateway (SWG) and web application firewall (WAF), amongst their platforms.

4) Ransomware

WannaCry and NotPetya breaches have already tarnished the reputations of major international organisations in the last year. Due to accelerated distribution methods and attack vectors, ransomware is now predicted to attack a business every fourteen seconds by 2019. Additionally, ransomware is moving from attacking general IT systems, to specifically focusing on attacking IoT technologies and point of sale (POS) facilities. 

5) GDPR and Third-Party Risks

GDPR has already changed the landscape of cyber security in the last six months and both services and suppliers are now looking outwardly towards the business as an extended enterprise. Third parties are now liable for GDPR directives for data processes and firms must make sure they are aware of the potential ramifications.