2018 was an important year for data privacy and IT security. New breaches, new cybersecurity threats, and new rules have all combined to radically change the information security landscape for small businesses and enterprises.

For executives and office managers preparing for the new year, these changes will inform a newfound focus on privacy, data security, and compliance. Technological advances will continue to push users onto the cloud, which may lead to new security guidelines for first-generation cloud users.

At the same time, cybercriminals will continue to expand their illicit strategies and grow more sophisticated in their attacks. Future cybersecurity threats will include new types of ransomware, malware, and zero-day vulnerabilities.

Tomorrow’s IT Security Trends

Executives who wish to protect themselves against future cybersecurity threats will need to pay close attention to the intersection of office technology and cybersecurity. Many of the existing frameworks that define this intersection are set to change in the course of the coming year:

1. Stricter Compliance

One of the most important developments concerning data breaches is organizations’ increasing tendency to attempt to hide them. While data breach notification and IT security threat laws exist in most jurisdictions, organizations don’t always follow them, and no governing body has yet begun enforcing robust, clear-cut regulations to this effect.

That is virtually guaranteed to change in 2019. Europe has already implemented the GDPR, which establishes strict international data privacy standards for the entire continent. The United States is likely to follow suit, and may eventually spearhead an international effort addressing information security regulation.

Multinational organizations will find themselves under increased scrutiny under these new guidelines. It may become necessary for large enterprises to maintain multiple sets of compliance teams in place to address multiple overlapping compliance needs.

2. AI-Powered Security Analytics

Today, even modest security operations centers are completely overwhelmed by potential security triggers. The average cybersecurity technician manually filters through thousands of false alarms in proportion to every legitimate threat.

In the years to come, AI-powered security analytics will take front and center stage thanks to neural networks’ capacity to identify patterns in complex data arrays. This will significantly streamline security services for office technology users. Instead of filtering through thousands of false alarms, security professionals will be able to focus on the most pressing trigger events in the system.

Cybercriminals will also use artificial intelligence. However, this may result in a cybersecurity arms race, the outcome of which is difficult to predict with any certainty.

3. New Types of Ransomware and Malware

One of the most troubling IT security trends for 2019 will be the proliferation of new malware and ransomware in the wild. Many of last year’s most troublesome variants are now under control, which only means that the world’s cybercriminals are looking for new ways to compromise victims’ data.

As new technology becomes available, cybercriminals will look for ways to compromise those systems through novel, never-before-seen exploits – known as zero-day vulnerabilities. Executives and office managers will need to be sufficiently prepared to answer the question, “what is zero-day vulnerability?” whether it comes from employees or from users.

Ultimately, every position within the modern company will become a cybersecurity position to some degree. Both vendors and users will have to raise and maintain awareness of developments occurring in the world of cybercrime.

4. Hackers Will Target Devices – Not People

The rise of Internet of Things (IoT) technology means that cybercriminals’ methods may drastically change. Until now, the broad majority of cyberattacks contain a human element, such as impersonating an executive in order to sign off a payment order to an offshore account. The development and implementation of trusted device networks may change that.

Internet of Things technology allows cybercriminals to bypass the often-challenging prospect of impersonating individuals via phishing. Instead, improperly secured IoT devices will offer a far more tempting target.

For example, the FDA has confirmed it is possible to hack implantable cardiac devices. These are the kinds of vulnerabilities that tomorrow’s cybercriminals will exploit when email phishing no longer works. Smart home appliances, smart cars, and smart office equipment are all equally valid targets.

Rely on Managed Technology Providers to Maximize Security

The complex, multi-layered nature of modern cybersecurity requires knowledge and expertise that is hard to find in today’s job market. There is a pronounced skills gap in cybersecurity, leading enterprises to look for managed service providers who can provide them with best-in-class security while maintaining and updating their equipment to meet security needs.

The managed service structure allows organizations to outsource network security at optimal cost efficiency. It gives executives an easy way to cover compliance trends and learn about cybersecurity hot topics in real-time.

DME can help you secure your corporate network against tomorrow’s cybersecurity threats while remaining compliant. Talk to one of our experts today to find out how!