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Three Cybersecurity Trends to Look out for in 2020

Jan. 14, 2020

Three Cybersecurity Trends to Look out for in 2020

As technology continues to evolve, so does the risk of cyber-attacks.  In 2019, a cyberattack took place every 39 seconds and large organizations such as Capital One, Door Dash, and Nord VPN were victims of cybercrime which affected millions of consumers all over the globe. New technology such as AI now plays an increasing role in cyber-attacks and cybersecurity and growing political tensions have made cybersecurity a priority for everyone.


New Technology and New Risks


New technology such as 5G and artificial intelligence can be used as means of cybersecurity or offensive security techniques. AI can be used to enhance pre-existing hacking techniques allowing hackers to be more precise than ever before. Hackers can use AI to accelerate the process of exploiting vulnerabilities within a network and AI can quickly install malware that can avoid detection of the cyber-attack. Artificial Intelligence can also be used in cybersecurity by detecting multiple threats at once, and AI can be trained to easily identify new forms of malware. Currently, hackers are creating 1 million new forms of malware each day; however, AI can be used to quickly identify and react to cyber-attacks. Artificial Intelligence continues to be a pressing topic based on its impact on human life, and AI will continue to be a steadily growing trend within the cybersecurity sector.


Political Landscape


Cybersecurity has become a very engaging topic in politics, and election security has become an important topic for everyone. Election hacking has proven to be possible and a credible threat which can lead to very negative outcomes. Nations around the globe are preparing their voting systems and elections with the best cybersecurity practices to avoid any tampering on elections. The CISA cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency is dedicated to securing election infrastructure in the United States of America. In order to prepare for the upcoming 2020 election, they announced #Protect2020, a project dedicated to avoiding foreign resilience in state and federal elections. This program will focus on working with national partners to build resistance to foreign interference, and it will also build outreach programs dedicated to identifying and responding to vulnerabilities in election jurisdictions across the USA.


Cybersecurity Talent Gap Continues to Grow


The cybersecurity talent gap continues to grow into the new decade as the number of jobs in the cybersecurity sector is projected to grow to 3.5 million in 2021. Currently, jobs such as network engineers, cybersecurity analysts, and cybersecurity managers are the most in-demand, and the average salary exceeds $100,000. It has been proven that the key to closing the great talent crunch in the cybersecurity industry is with education. Investing in training for existing staff is key to be able to protect enterprise networks from disaster. Currently, the average cost of a cyberattack is over $1.9 million dollars and having a team of qualified cybersecurity staff can reduce the chances of a successful cyberattack greatly.


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