Top 6 Emerging Cybersecurity Trends of 2018

The end of the year is typically a time when people look back over the past 12 months and speculate what might happen next in certain industries. When focusing on the cybersecurity sector, it’s clear there are numerous fascinating technologies and capabilities in the works. Below, we’ll look at six of the trends most likely to make a substantial impact in 2018.

1. Better Analytics

The Netwrix Corporation, a company that facilitates better internal visibility for corporate clients, predicted top cybersecurity trends for the year ahead. Previously, the company also did a study about risks and found that most clients were not sufficiently aware of employees’ actions. This reality put them at risk for possible security breaches originating from the inside.

Netwrix thinks customers will demand more comprehensive analytical tools that monitor threats inside in out. To maintain competitiveness, providers will have to meet that demand and offer continual enhancements.

2. A More Specific Approach to Protection

Whether they’ve been targeted or not, organizational leaders realize they can’t protect everything equally when safeguarding against threats. In 2018, expect people to emphasize protecting what matters. They’ll do that by coming up with comprehensive plans to detect problems or threats and deal with them promptly before putting their efforts into preventative measures.

3. Organization-Specific Security Packages

Taking a one-size-fits-all approach to cybersecurity often doesn’t work well. Customers have different needs depending on their industries, the number of clients they serve, specific risks known in the sector they’re in and more. And because organizations must consider their budgets, some cybersecurity companies will likely begin offering a customized package to each respective client requiring assistance.

4. The Increasing Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Cybersecurity

Many people have well-formed opinions about how artificial intelligence (AI) could change cybersecurity. Due to the diversity of thought surrounding the matter, there is no consensus. However, many people agree that artificial intelligence won’t replace human jobs in 2018, but it could provide people with insights that help them excel in their cybersecurity roles or careers.

5. Increasingly Robust Cloud Security

As data’s value goes up, it becomes more enticing to people who might want to steal it. That reality is precisely what makes cloud-stored information so appealing to criminals. Cloud-based methods of storing content are rampantly popular. However, in the coming year, leading service providers will have to prove to current and existing customers that they have the infrastructure and precautions in place to keep infiltrators out.

6. Measures to Prevent Chatbot Hacks

You can expect chatbots to become even more prevalent in 2018 than they were this year. Well-established brands use them to assist customers at odd hours or relieve the burden on human support agents.

On the cybersecurity front, it’ll be necessary to remember that chatbots could also be targets for hackers. People have already come up with scenarios illustrating how hackers could take over control and make chatbots misbehave. Cybersecurity specialists cannot afford to overlook chatbots, and 2018 may be the year we see specific protections for chat-centric technology.

Now that you’ve gotten an overview of these fascinating trends, you’re in the right place to watch how they play out in the year ahead. These aren’t the only hot topics of note, but they’re some of the most prominent matters.

Nathan Sykes

Author Bio: Nathan Sykes is a blogger and journalist from Pittsburgh, PA. He covers business and technology news. You can find more from Nathan at his blog, Finding an Outlet or follow him on Twitter @nathansykestech.

Nathan Sykes is a guest blogger, all opinions are his own.

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