Top Cybersecurity Trends to Look Out for in 2018

March 30, 2018

Emerging cyber threats remain a focal point for businesses, with new hazards surfacing on a daily basis. While the challenges continue to evolve, and the technology landscape remains hazardous, cybersecurity experts continue to work to stay ahead of the curve, as they come up with solutions. As Q1 of 2018 comes to a close, it is important to take a look at how things will continue to change in 2018.

Automated AI Attacks

Artificial intelligence is learns, it adapts, and it automates, which mean the number of applications is enormous. Unfortunately, it can be used maliciously, as well as for good. Using AI, hackers can launch more sophisticated cyber-attacks. They can target more people and do it faster than ever. AI can make a lot of tasks quicker and easier, from figuring out passwords to collecting massive amounts of data. Cybersecurity professionals need to respond by being prepared, and using their own sophisticated AI systems to automate security measures.

Protecting Against Ransomware

High-profile ransomware cases have put fear into people where cybersecurity is concerned. 2018 is going to see everyone on high alert as they seek to protect themselves from attacks. Keeping security measures up to date and backing up data helps to protect against attacks and reduce the fallout if one does occur. It’s also worth thinking about ransomware designed to attack IoT (Internet of Things) devices. Hackers could attack critical components, which could have devastating effects if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

Multi-factor Authentication

Many companies are reluctant to use multi-factor authentication for their services and products because they assume it will put off their users. However, many of the vulnerabilities that are targeted by hackers result from poor password policies, resulting in one the most commonly exploited vulnerabilities.. With the risk now being widely understood and more of the norm, and widespread  concerns about identity and data theft many businesses are shifting attitudes to a proactive approach.

General Data Project Regulation (GDPR) Preparation

Does your company collect and store information about EU citizens? Even if your business isn’t based in the EU, you still need to comply with the new GDPR regulations, which set out how this information should be kept secure. The aim of the regulations are to give more control to consumers, so it’s easier for them to know who has their information, make changes to it, and have it removed if they want too. The GDPR comes into effect May 25 and you need to be ready if you deal with people in the EU. If you don’t secure customer data properly, you could face huge fines.

What do you think of these trends and important issues for 2018? How do you feel this will impact your business? Reach out to us at

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