Recently the Marriott chain experienced a data breach that affected as many as 500 million people. With stats like that, it’s clear that hackers are becoming more audacious in their attacks.

The only way to fight back is to implement basic security protocols and to stay on top of the latest trends affecting the world of cyber security.

Here’s a list of five cyber security trends that’ll gain a lot of attention in 2019. If you want to stay one step ahead of the hackers, these trends should help you identify some of the potential problems on the horizon.

Let’s begin!

1. Biometrics Will Play a More Significant Role

Currently, biometric data helps people secure specific forms of hardware such as phones and laptops. Because such tech is so common, people are now comfortable with providing their fingerprint or allowing a camera to scan their face.

This reduced resistance to biometrics means that it’s easier for companies to use it as a means of securing their platform. Thus, companies will ask engineers to install biometric systems, within their suite of tools.

Biometrics can also help improve the security of physical locations. This is because it can prevent unwarranted access to areas that contain vital IT infrastructure.

2. Companies Will Appoint People in Charge of Cyber Security

Managing the cyber security of a company is a complex, and recent breaches show that the task shouldn’t be left to someone with other priorities.

Because of this, it’s expected that businesses will hire people, such as cyber security engineers, to manage IT security.

Such an individual will look out for vulnerabilities within the system, and stress test it to see how it performs in the event of an attack. They’ll also stay on top of cyber security news, and consider how recent events might impact the company’s IT infrastructure.

3. Cybersecurity Insurance Products Will Be Released

If a hacker manages to bring down a company’s IT system, it can result in substantial financial losses.

This might happen because the company can’t process transactions, thus allowing for lost revenue. But losses can also occur because of fines or court cases associated with data breaches.

Following this, insurers will release products that help businesses bounce back from such attacks. It may even be the case that companies can buy insurance for specific kinds of cyber security events, such as a data breach or ransomware attack.

4. Cybersecurity Regulation Will Gain Momentum

Though it affects Europe, the GDPR act is an example of regulation that aims to improve the way businesses approach cyber security. With this form of regulation, companies are liable to hefty fines if they experience a data breach.

The US currently doesn’t have something like GDPR, but it’s expected that certain bills will soon remedy this. In fact, the California Consumer Privacy Act is a good example of how things are changing.

Of course, it’s unclear how bills like affect data breaches. But it’s hoped that companies will take a ‘privacy first’ approach, as a result of such changes in regulation.

5. IoT Will Remain a Prime Target

Many companies have unsecured ‘Internet of Things’ devices connected to their main network. This is a problem because such devices can provide hackers with easy access to critical infrastructure.

In fact, the retail chain Target found that a hacker gained access to the data of 40 million credit and debit cards, thanks to an unsecured HVAC system.

Because the use of IoT is growing, it’s likely that hackers will continue to target these systems. Since many of these devices will be unsecured, hackers will continue to have success when targeting such systems.

Will These Cyber Security Trends Help You?

These cyber security trends can help you limit the odds of a successful hack, or at least make it easier for your business to recover in the event of a breach.

Of course, you shouldn’t stop learning, and it’s vital that stay on top of cyber security developments. In doing so, you’ll be aware of potential vulnerabilities and how you can fight back.

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