Security Predictions: COVID-19/Coronavirus Edition

As we head into the second half of 2020, it feels a bit like Christmas is coming in July.

Why?

More than ever, it seems as if the whole world is wondering what the future will bring in the next six months. Predictions are all over the map for the rest of the year in virtually every area of life.

While the focus on U.S. elections has never been hotter, other topics ranging from the police protests to an economic recovery to the likelihood of a COVID-19 vaccine were not even on the agenda back in December when most 2020 forecasts were released.    

Simply stated, the global coronavirus pandemic has caused a major reset in most areas of life.

Going Back to the Future with Cybersecurity

But backing up a bit, what was said about the future of cybersecurity in December 2019? My annual report containing the top 20 security industry predictions for 2020 included an abundance of cybertrends, forecasts and threats from the top security vendors — ranked in order.

Here’s a brief excerpt from that annual “Lohrmann on Cybersecurity” industry round-up of trends:

“Common prediction themes across vendors include the 2020 elections in the U.S., more targeted ransomware, more ways to attack the cloud, and an explosion of problems with deepfake technology.

There’s disagreement on the most important cyberthreats to focus on as we head into 2020, even though everyone agrees that cybersecurity is more important than ever before. Just as in 2019, we have the continuation of arguments for and against AI (i.e., how helpful is AI really and will our enemies use it or not?). Also, the continued disagreement on whether cloud versus mobile threats are more of a challenge.”

Not surprisingly, since COVID-19 response was on no (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/security-predictions-covid-19-edition.html