As we embark on a new year and a new decade all at once, it makes sense to look forward on what the intermeshed worlds of IT, security, and tech have in store for us. Cybersecurity is far from a new concept to us, but while organizations are increasingly aware of its importance, most continue to struggle with defining and implementing the required security measures to keep their companies, corporations, and establishments safe. In fact, 2019 has seen cybersecurity issues littered all over the news, both for the technology industry and the general public.

As we head into 2020, there are a lot of questions circulating about what’s to come for future security trends. Everyone wants to know: What are the new security trends and what risks will they pose? We at Information Transport Solutions Inc., a Uniti company, are here to tell you. Following, let’s take a look at the top IT security predictions for the new year.

1. The Expansion of Cloud Security

Cloud computing has evolved greatly over the last two decades, and now is frequently used to support critical operations of everyday businesses. With the ongoing rise of converting technology infrastructure to the cloud, new cloud-based security platforms and services are making their way into the tech scene. From data-storage services to all-in-one CRM clouds, consumers and businesses have grown dependent on storing sensitive data in cloud environments.

Cloud-based security provides several advantages to traditional security approaches, including economies of scale, reduced costs, improved protection performance, greater threat intelligence, and quicker compliance with government and industry standards. According to cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab, around 75 percent of companies are expected to move applications to the cloud in the next few years. We can expect cloud-based cyber security to continue thriving well into 2020.

2. Cyberhacker Innovation

Unfortunately, with tech advancements also comes hacker advancements. Organizations around the world have faced a steady stream of ransomware attacks with momentum continuing to grow heading into 2020. With these attacks aimed at disruption and destabilizing systems, companies of all sizes will need to elevate their approach to cyber resiliency.

Cybercriminals are shifting their focus to the cloud, much the same as we are. Attackers crave access to a greater diversity of systems, including cloud environments and containers. As we move into the new year, we expect to see innovation in ransomware that takes broader advantage of digital transformation trends. Therefore, it will be of the utmost importance for businesses to streamline their security measures. It would behoove anyone to pair up with a trusted IT professional and partner to ensure that all systems are in place and properly protected.

3. The Rise of Data Encryption

A growing number of data-encryption advancements have emerged to combat such sophisticated cyberattacks. But when a particular encryption strategy becomes outdated and vulnerable, all data can be compromised. Therefore, the IT industry is attempting to stay way ahead of the trend.

New and trending data encryption security measures include leading privacy technologies, ring signature and zero-knowledge proof, and distributed ledger technologies. When these technologies are used in combination with one another, not only is full or partial data anonymization achievable, but data and identity verification is also automated.

4. AI Benefits and Threats

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are bringing machine learning technologies into more and more products in all market segments, including cybersecurity. Deep learning algorithms are being used for face detection, natural language processing, and threat detection, among other processes. More or less, AI is the future of security measures in the digital world.

However, AI is also being weaponized by cybercriminals to develop increasingly sophisticated malware and attack methods. This means that organizations should not overlook AI security measures, especially as we step into the future. Companies should begin deploying advanced, heuristic security solutions rather than relying on known vulnerability and attack signatures.

5. The Death of the Password

Password privacy and protection is a major security issue that has consistently taunted every industry. But just recently, a new authentication method has sought to take the place of passwords. Passwordless authentication tools can include hardware tokens or one-time password generators, biometric authentication, AI, and knowledge-based authentication.

By 2022, Gartner research predicts that 90 percent of mid-size companies will implement a passwordless authentication approach in more than half of use cases to better protect sensitive information and systems. Since passwords are one of the biggest attack points for hacking, it is easy to see why identification through any other means is top of mind for many businesses as we head into 2020.

Next Steps

As always, the first step in protecting your company, infrastructure, and sensitive information is to ensure that your security systems and measures are up to date. To do that, enlist the help of IT professionals like ITS. We can analyze your unique security requirements and applications to determine the best and most innovative solutions for your unique environment. Receive end to end support from implementation to maintenance – ITS can help you every step of the way! Contact us today to learn more.

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