February 26, 2020

Trends Watch: Top Cybersecurity Trends & Threats to Watch for in 2020

Cloudy with a 99% chance of cyber attacks? 

In this edition of trends watch, you'll get to know the latest cybersecurity trends and threats to watch for in 2020.

According to Hosting Tribunal, "Cybersecurity damage is expected to reach $6 trillion" by the end of this year!

As we get more and more used to the amazing interconnectedness of our virtual world, we have to stay up to date on our cybersecurity. Here are some trends to watch so you can keep yourself and your devices safe.

2020 Trends to Watch

Technological advancement creates both amazing opportunities and frightening vulnerabilities. With your data and behavior being stored and spread, it's time to be more vigilant than ever!

Artificial Intelligence

AI is developing at an incredible, almost alarming, rate. We are just now entering the era of deepfaked videos, images, and other kinds of evidence; we just haven't noticed it yet.

Because deepfaked content is so convincing, we'll soon all have to learn how to tell the difference between genuine and deepfaked videos and images.

AI has become more powerful more quickly than anyone expected. Breaking many experts' predictions by decades, AI has recently defeated the world champion in Go, a popular game from China.

All that unprecedented computer power is being turned towards your data and devices as well.

In the past, ads and scam attempts used a one size fits all approach. With AI tracking your behavior and learning how you tick, you can expect tailor-made scams fit just for you.

A Widening Knowledge Gap

As technological systems become more and more complex, you almost need to be an expert just to make your way around the web. As the best hackers get more tools at their disposal while the rest of us stay blissfully unaware of the ins and outs of tech, our ignorance becomes their opportunity.

If we're not careful, we can fall for scams because bad actors are using tech tricks we didn't even know were possible. Staying up to date on the latest trends in cybersecurity will have to be a constant part of our increasingly technological lives.

Remember, ignorance will always be the greatest cybersecurity threat.

Ransomware

Ransomware is a new enough of a cyber security threat that many of us are still getting used to it. However, it's become extremely prevalent in the blink of an eye.

Ransomware is the name we use for when hackers take control of essential data or computer systems and refuse to allow companies or individuals to access their data until they pay a ransom fee.

Completely dependent on technology to function, businesses are losing millions of dollars to this cyber trend as they pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to regain control of their data and devices.

Raw Power Increases

As computer chips continue their inevitable progress towards greater efficiency, you can store more and calculate more at a lower cost. That means that potential bad actors can store everything or brute force anything they want.

Passwords will need to become longer as computers become capable of guessing more and more possibilities in a single second. And the data you allow people to collect about you can be eternal as it becomes trivial to store it all at a low cost.

Stay Safe Online and Offline

We hope you enjoyed this trends watch on cutting edge cybersecurity. Check out our other articles to learn more about how to keep your systems safe!

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