It is safe to say that 2018 has been a very busy year for cybercriminals. Between attackers exploiting Memcached reflection vulnerabilities to launch the largest DDoS attacks the world has ever seen and some of the world’s major airlines suffering catastrophic data breaches, today’s determined cybercriminals have shown no signs of slowing down.
So, what does the next year have set in store for the cybersecurity industry?
Here are predictions from Corero Networks on what we believe is going to happen on the threat landscape in 2019.
The need for real-time DDoS mitigation will continue to increase
While we can be confident the record for the largest DDoS attack will be broken in the future, it’s difficult to predict when this will happen or if it will happen next year. However, we can confidently say that the need for organisations to deploy solutions which provide real-time mitigation of DDoS attacks will increase. These solutions will allow organisations to eliminate attacks in real-time, allowing good user traffic to flow uninterrupted, and avoid the risk of costly outages or downtime.
Organizations will become more proactive with security and actively cooperate with security vendors
As awareness around cybersecurity increases and regulations like GDPR and the NIS Directive are brought in force, organisations will become more proactive with their security. Organisations will start taking a risk-based approach to security where they assess what threats could pose the most damage to their businesses and working to prioritize security to defend against these incidents. Organisations will also become more dependent on vendor collaboration, where security companies combine their expertise to develop robust, state-of-the-art security protection.
The security of Critical National Infrastructure will become a top concern
As critical national infrastructure (CNI) organisations become more reliant on the internet to conduct operations, the risk of these systems falling victim to attack will increase. However, awareness of security within CNI organisations is increasing and will continue to do so next year.
Botnets will continue to feature heavily in the growing threat landscape
Despite the upcoming introduction of legislation around security for connected devices, the Internet of Things will still be a key target for attackers building botnets. These IoT devices could be recruited to build large botnets, similar to that of Mirai in 2016, and used to launch massive DDoS attacks. This is why IoT botnets will still be a key concern for security professionals throughout 2019.