• 10 cyber security predictions for 2018

        • Using its experience and understanding of the market as guide, A10 Networks has put together 10 cybersecurity predictions for next year.

          1. Digital security will become a basic human rights issue

          Our dependence on safe communications is not unlike our need for clean air, water and food. Digital security needs to be treated as a fundamental human right. Without simple protection and assurance, people are at risk. They face significant hardships and monetary losses due to rampant security threats and issues. Before security issues take epidemic proportions, society must shift its perception and see cybersecurity as a fundamental human right. This will give businesses and consumers peace of mind.

          2. A catastrophic attack will cripple, partially or completely, a major mobile network operator by targeting its core

          Mobile network operators today focus on protecting their networks from attacks originating from outside. They defend their networks using Gi firewalls and DDoS protection appliances. This is changing, however, and now we see that attacks can also originate from inside the network. Come next year, a savvy attacker will target the right component and can bring down the network by disabling its brains.

          3. Encryption will become much more important in east-west traffic

          As east-west traffic grows rapidly and more companies shift workloads to the cloud, sensitive data is more exposed than ever. This can result in theft and data breaches. Encrypting east-west traffic will be necessary to achieve security and compliance. We see this taking center stage in 2018 as use of encryption continues to grow as trust online dwindles.

          4. Local and central governments will experience more cyberattacks that ever before

          As local and central governments continue to move to online services and leverage modern architectures like the cloud, budgetary constraints will dictate their security capabilities. Most will resort to best effort and underfunded security programs, increasing the likelihood of governments becoming targets. These attacks will also have a ripple effect in that they could expose citizens to more fraud and theft or exposure of personal data.

          5. Serverless security and analytics functionality will become more mainstream for functions such as virus scanning, etc

          Within the next year, you will see serverless applications enable pay as you go businesses focused on cybersecurity and malware protection. This will also enable scalable, on-demand analysis of infrastructure telemetry.

          Triggered logs, flow information and packet capture analysis using serverless infrastructure will become more commonplace and allow small to mid-size businesses the same scale benefits and flexibility of large scale businesses due to the pay as you go model.

          6. Cloud providers become a target by attackers looking to cause disruption

          As more companies move to the cloud, attackers will directly or indirectly target cloud providers. Corporations will have limited response capabilities to deal with their cloud provider being attacked, as they have no control over the underlying infrastructure. This will cause more companies to look at a multi-cloud strategy to avoid putting all of their workloads with one cloud provider.

          7. Adaptive and deceptive security products will become a top five technology

          In order to trick the bad guys, new technologies will emerge that will give security researchers and security operations the ability to predict an attack that is yet to happen. Predictive analytics will go from a nice to have to a must have, and corporations will have to invest these technologies to stay ahead of threat actors and protect their systems.

          8. AI will be heavily used to power emerging security technologies

          While we’re not talking about full-fledged AI here, the rise of commoditised machine learning capabilities and chat bots being built into just about every new product will allow for human and electronic intelligence to be combined more effectively. Come next year, this will give security teams the ability to assess and prioritise security vulnerabilities based on more than just a single label, thus offering deeper protection.

          9. Vulnerable SCADA systems and/or IoT will cause physical damage in 2018

          Vulnerabilities in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems will lead to physical, not just digital, damage of some type in 2018. Unlike stuxnet and flame targets, IoT and SCADA devices are leveraging common open-source frameworks that are easy to fingerprint and hard to patch after installation, making them prime targets.

          10. We’ll witness the rise of blockchain security technologies

          Blockchain will be more than just a buzzword come 2018. Blockchain technologies will be leveraged by many companies next year. Browsers will get native/experimental support and online identities to reduce the amount of anonymous transactions. By design, blockchain technologies are more secure than their predecessors, creating an online environment with tighter security and less anonymity than we’ve seen in the past.

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