Every year, we take stock of the security challenges we’ve faced and the threats looming on the horizon. As 2020 nears, we’ll continue to face security challenges even as we realize a few tech breakthroughs, including the expansion of 5G and increasing Cloud usage across industries.

Keep reading to see our top 5 security predictions for the year ahead! 

1. Making the Cloud Safer 

Businesses are adopting cloud migration services and solutions in large numbers. However, they’re sometimes neglecting to consider the security aspects of making such a switch.  

Cloud misconfigurations can lead to data breaches. This puts many companies in a bind: do they invest in cloud computing to keep up with their competitors, or do they stick with an on-premise infrastructure that may be outdated?

We believe that companies can use cloud computing services safely, as long as they take precautions. These involve putting managed it security tools in place and having a plan for remediation in the case of a data breach. 

2. Ransomware Gets More Sophisticated

In the past, ransomware was fast and indiscriminate. As we go into 2020, hackers are becoming more patient and more sophisticated. We expect that attacks in the future will be increasingly targeted. Hackers are learning to take their time and gather intelligence on their victims, in order to inflict the greatest amount of damage. 

In our opinion, it will become more important than ever to have a recovery strategy ready to implement and to train employees to spot untrustworthy emails. 

3. Hacking Goes Mobile

Email continues to be a prime target for hackers, but in the next year or so, phishing attacks will go much further. Some hackers are already beginning to target SMS texting and messaging programs on social media platforms. 

Put simply, hackers are going mobile. They’ve begun targeting entities with mobile banking malware, plus using a variety of other attacks to trick potential victims into exposing sensitive information. 

4. The Rise of 5G Brings both Benefits and Challenges 

Overall, the proliferation of 5G will help consumers stay connected. Download speeds will accelerate and information will become even more easily accessible. With the bandwidths that 5G makes possible, industries like healthcare, government, and others will have more data than ever. 

What does this mean for security? Frankly, it means that security tools will have to keep up. This ever-expanding volume of data will need to be protected vigilantly by cybersecurity experts.  

5. Security Awareness Remains a Top Priority Even as a Security Talent Crisis Continues  

The biggest problem businesses face is that there’s a serious lack of security talent at the precise moment it’s needed most. Security awareness will remain a top priority. Now, we need to develop the talent that can handle it all. 

If you’re concerned about your lack of security knowledge, tools or protocol, don’t panic. We’re here to help. 

Despite Cybersecurity Fears, We Believe in a Bright Future for Our Clients

We continue to feel positive about the advances being made in technology. We believe that faster, easier access to data helps keep us all informed and makes businesses more effective. Overall, the future looks bright for businesses that want to leverage technology to reach a wider customer base.