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Cyber Security Trends to Keep an Eye Out for in 2018

Cyber Security

Criminal activity evolves as quickly as modern technology. Keeping that in mind, it is important to stay aware of what cyber security threats are present today, the ones that will continue to evolve in the near future, and the means available to combat them.

Threats from Without

DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks continue to be one of those growing threats. These attacks are intended to make a network’s resources unavailable to legitimate users by disrupting the services offered by a host connected to the internet.

These attacks are usually accomplished by overwhelming a system with multiple requests occurring at once, effectively creating a bottleneck that blocks legitimate user requests from being fulfilled.

The difficulty in dealing with a DDOS comes from the fact that all of these requests on the service can come from many different sources. Stopping them would not be a simple matter of blocking a single source.

The current trend in electronics is to allow for the Internet of Things (IoT). This is, essentially, the ability for various devices to connect with the internet and one another. Moving forward, we will find that anything that can be connected, will be.

While the Internet of Things is designed to simplify our lives by allowing all our devices to work together, that same convenience is being applied to criminal activities. As mentioned above, a DDOS works by overwhelming a system with multiple attacks. The IoT allows an ever-growing number of devices to be hijacked in order to commit these attacks, with the largest attack to date hitting 1.2 Tbps (TeraBytes Per Second) in late December 2017.

With more and more devices being connected, the ability to create highly effective DDOS attacks will continue to be a cause for concern throughout 2018.

Threats from Within

While we tend to think of those who wish us harm as being outsiders of some kind, there is always the possibility of a threat originating from within.

In an IT risks survey conducted by the company Netwrix, it was reported that most organizations are vulnerable to insider threats due to a lack of visibility into the behaviour of users. It was determined that organizations would be forced to take greater pains to establish stricter control over user activity.

Michael Fimin, the CEO and founder of Netwrix stated, “We expect that in 2018, the main focus will be on insider threats, since rogue or negligent employees and intruders with stolen credentials may pose a bigger risk to security than outsider hackers.” Their recommendations are to analyze user behaviour and assess risks in order to proactively spot weaknesses and improve security.

Evolving Defences

As the security landscape evolves over 2018, certain trends should likely come into play:

  • Improved Analytics such as user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA) technology, allowing a company to pinpoint their weaknesses.
  • Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust Assessment (CARTA) offering real-time assessment of risk, allowing for better decision-making regarding cyber security by continually changing security processes.
  • Blockchain IT security enabling decentralized data to eliminate single points of failure and preventing hackers from compromising large volumes of data.

It is certain that cyber-attacks will continue to change and evolve over time. By looking ahead and evaluating both the trends in criminal activity and the developing options to counter them, you will be positioning yourself to keep your assets secure.

To keep your business safe from cyber-attacks in 2018 and beyond, contact Safe harbour today!