What cyber threat treats will 2019 have in store?

What has 2019 got in store for cybersecurity?

We’ve been reflecting on 2018 and getting all nostalgic here at NOS Microsystemss. It was a helluva year for security breaches and data theft. Remember the 50 million Facebook users who were had their accounts compromised? Not to mention the whole Cambridge Analytica debacle.  Oh, and that carry on with Google+? And Uber? And British Airways? And the list goes on. Makes you wonder what the next 12 months could have in store? Here’s what we think.

We’re confident that the cloud is going to get fuller and data in transit will stay the easiest grab for hackers. They will up efforts in gaining access to home routers and other IoT hubs to capture data passing through.  Securing data in your home server would be a good plan (by the way, you can do that with get2Clouds.)

5G is the big recent tech development and it will accelerate in 2019 bringing with it, of course, security threats. The data transfer capacity of 5G is 10 times more powerful than 4G and over time, more IoT devices will connect directly to the 5G network rather than a Wi-Fi router. This makes them harder to monitor and more susceptible to attack. With 5G, the ability to back-up or transmit massive volumes of data easily to cloud-based storage giving attackers rich new targets to breach.  Advanced encryption will be more important than ever and will remain the best line of defense (hello, get2Clouds).

We could see some of the most insane hacks coming from AI. Techies have long been psyched about the potential of AI and hackers fall into the ‘techies’ category too. AI is being given more and more jobs to do and many of these systems are a trove of data, and they are susceptible to a few remote gear changes that could botch their operations. 2019 could be the year when AI is exposed as one big security threat. Not only can it be attacked and made to misbehave, hackers can exploit its capabilities to scale on their own dirty work. AI really could make everyone’s job easier, even criminals. It could also be used to make phishing attacks more sophisticated by creating ever more believable fraudulent content and emails. It could also be used to launch realistic fake news campaigns. Content made by an AI could become indistinguishable from genuine content, going viral and creating untold damage to companies and individuals before it is found to be fake. Distinguish between real and fake news was hard enough in 2018, please don’t make it any harder!