2020 Cybersecurity Predictions

Foresight is a powerful human capability – and one that is integral in the field of cybersecurity. Today I revisit the predictions I made a year ago about what we could expect to see in this industry in terms of breaches, malware, regulations, and technological developments. I examine whether these predictions came to pass, to what degree, and why they did (or, did not). I then make new predictions for 2020. Read on so you can plan for what these possibilities mean for your organization, its security, and the data it handles.

First off, I’ll own it; of the six predictions I made around this time last year, two did not precisely come true. Of course, that means a solid four did, which isn’t bad when you’re trying to predict the future. Let’s look at the factors that contributed to each of them:
2019 Predictions:
Acknowledge the Letdown of AI and ML

We talked about it on social, but don’t take our word for it – here’s the coverage. Cylance’s AI-driven prevention system from Blackberry was duped, allowing the top ten worst malware infections to be whitelisted and get past this AI-driven defense. I need to clarify – this is not condemning the exiting possibilities AI affords us; we’ve embraced this technology here at IntelliGO too. The difference is our hybrid approach, of augmenting our Threat Hunters’ capabilities with AI. See my colleague Perry Kuhnen’s post on why we still need that human element.

Better Faster Stronger Ransomware

While we did see targeted infections of ransomware at prevalent targets (including hospitals, municipalities, and government buildings to name a few), none of these were based on radically new ransomware processes. While the names were new (like Ryuk, as delivered by Trickbot), their speed of encryption, and infectiousness remained largely the same. (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from IntelliGO MDR Blog authored by Adam Mansour. Read the original post at: https://www.intelligonetworks.com/blog/2020-cybersecurity-predictions