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Top IT trends in 2018: Cybersecurity


2018 is here. Part of the process of gearing yourself up for a new year means arming yourself with information on IT trend predictions for cybersecurity this year. We’ve identified five cybersecurity trends you need to know to prepare for a successful and secure new year, which we’ve summarised below. To read the full article – which I strongly encourage – you can click here.

Trend 1: ‘Zero trust’ security is making a comeback

In 2018, we can expect to see significant disruption in the cybersecurity industry. Increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks are forcing organisations to turn to the zero-trust security model. This approach means the IT team adopts a ‘we don’t trust anybody’ mindset. Only by explicitly allowing users to access systems can trust be established.

Organisations that embrace a ‘zero trust’ model will use it as an opportunity to re-examine their cybersecurity policies and processes in 2018.

Trend 2: Deception technologies become the security enablers of IoT and OT

Deception technologies introduce thousands of fake credentials onto an organisation’s network, which makes it mathematically impossible for cybercriminals to gain access to a legitimate set of user identities.

Operational technology (OT) is increasingly enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) in industries such as automotive and manufacturing. But the sensors attached to OT devices are introducing a new element of cyber risk, and organisations are turning to deception technologies to raise their defences.

Trend 3: Behavioural analytics and artificial intelligence demand a relook at identity

Thanks to a technique known as ‘deep learning’, the next 12-months will see us take behavioural analytics and artificial intelligence to a new level.

With deep learning, rather than providing a machine with algorithms, you can enable it to learn by itself. Using deep learning, machines will start undertaking highly granular analyses of users’ activities.

The potential of this technology was recently demonstrated when Google took the decision to turn off its machine learning toolset. Through deep learning, the machines were educating themselves to the extent that they had begun to create a new language which system developers didn’t understand.

Trend 4: Robo-hunters are the new norm

Most cybersecurity experts agree that it’s critical to have access to threat intelligence about the latest types of attacks and tactics. However, intelligence alone isn’t enough. Organisations must proactively ‘hunt down the enemy’.

In 2018, we’ll start seeing machines entering the enterprise, the kind that my colleague, Mark Thomas, Dimension Data’s Group Cybersecurity Strategist, calls ‘robo-hunters’ – automated threat-seekers that can make decisions on behalf of humans. Enabled by AI, they continuously scan an organisation’s environment for any changes that might indicate a potential threat.

They learn from what they discover and then take appropriate action, for example, by isolating a bad packet or compromised device.

Trend 5: Blockchain is the disruptor

The opportunities and applications of Blockchain in the world of cybersecurity are only just emerging. It has significant potential to allow organisations to boost cybersecurity around user authentication and identity and access management.

The Blockchain ledger can detect suspicious online behaviour and isolate the connection, giving the user restricted access until the transactions have been sanctioned by system administrators or the IT security team.

Essentially, Blockchain becomes the implementer of the ‘zero trust’ policy I mentioned earlier. It also holds potential to assist in forensic investigations.

View each of these cybersecurity trends in more detail in our comprehensive article.

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