Sophisticated hacking is on the rise. Biometric hacking, in particular, is on the increase, with artificial intelligence being used to pull off attacks. And with new threats, you need to be made aware of the various ways that you can stay safe in the cyber world as well as what kind of digital hacking can be expected.
These are just 5 of the cybersecurity issues we can expect to see in 2019:
Attacks will be harder to detect
As technology becomes more advanced, and as AI are increasingly used to carry out attacks, cyber crimes are becoming difficult to detect and to stop. Luckily, the rise in the use of AI is also beneficial in the fight to halt these attacks. The conventional means of stopping cyber attacks simply won’t stand up against the latest form of hacking. Instead, highly functioning intelligence is the only way forward.
Phishing scams are expected to become a bigger issue
The email phishing scams that have been plaguing people for years show no sign of letting up. Instead, they are expected to become more complex and organisations, in particular, will be left with the difficult task of reducing the risks and detecting them. The style of phishing won’t exactly change, rather the way in which it will be executed will become more successful and as such, more damaging. Firewalls will need to be improved and cybersecurity awareness will need to be improved.
It was the buzz word of 2018, but few could see the dangers of fake news until the damage was done. Lies sold as truth can cause outrage and rebellion, causing people to be hurt. And now with the rise of fake videos, the reach of fake news spreads even further. When this cyber threat is used in a marketing way, people can be easily duped out of their hard earned money and the public can be, in general, mislead, seeing that everyone is on social media these days. What can be done? Internet users will need to be savvier and less accepting of everything they see online. The use of AI to create fake videos means the real deal and the fake will be next to impossible to distinguish.
Mobile smartphones are going to be the subject of increasing malicious attacks via apps. Popular apps can be easily replicated and added to stores. These kinds of apps can be made for the purpose of infecting phones and stealing personal information. Be very careful about what you choose to download from third-party stores.
Better execution of existing attacks
Cyber-attacks experienced in 2018 are simply being given a makeover and redesigned to make attacks more efficient. So you can expect the same nonsense from last year but with renewed vigour and some extra bells and whistles.
The best way to stay safe online this year is to up your vigilance and don’t believe everything you read. If it’s too outrageous, or too good to be true, it probably is.