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Safe-T’s Top 6 Cybersecurity Predictions for 2018

By Julie Shafiki

Cybersecurity PredictionsKnowing what's changing in the tech world is a crucial way to drive your own IT department and compete in business. For example, over the past year, quite a few CISOs and other execs have had to brush up on their knowledge of trends like cloud service delivery and container virtualization. 

We've seen more of a move off-premises, toward the IoT, so it pays to look at what's ahead as this year winds down. What's in store for the cybersecurity world next year? At Safe-T, we're seeing some persistent trends that are likely to become big sea changes in handling IT systems next month, after the new year commences.

1. GDPR will Become a Reality for All

One trend that we’ve been following is an ever-stricter requirement for compliance. GDPR will be a going into effect in May 2018 and it will have significant repercussions for business and cybersecurity.

Companies within and some outside of the EU will be expected to apply granular control of file access and activity, while spending quite a bit of money to do so. That's going to generally lead to an increase in demand for security work, and an increase in liability and costs for businesses.

In addition, the imposition of new requirements will lead to some uncertainty. Business leaders like to focus on core operations, not obsess over data and operational security. So many will feel like they have no place to turn to start figuring out how things are changing, which will drive demand for consultants and specialized services.

2. SCADA-based Organizations Will Start Seeing Growth in Remote Locations

Since these organizations are used to physical network separation, they will find that they need to be connected to operational technology networks. This will require them to find a new way of connecting networks that are virtual.

3. Hackers vs. Industrial Machines

One of the biggest challenges we predict for 2018 are changes for the Industrial IoT (IIoT) industry. Experts point out that many people in the business world make the mistake of thinking that industrial controls are out of reach of hackers, but the reality is that there is going to be a need for more oversight for these industrial control systems.

For example, as automotive innovation takes off, manufacturing assembly lines are becoming more vulnerable to hacking. Companies simply can’t afford to ignore these liabilities, and that’s going to drive a renewed emphasis on industrial data and operational security.

4. It IS Possible to Hack a Connected Car

The new year will see connected cars grow in market value and adoption, bringing with them heightened visibility to the risk of a car being hacked. We will see more and more T1 automotive companies either invest in new connected car cyber security companies, or acquire existing startups to help secure their systems.

For these reasons, we will start seeing more cyber-security companies targeting this market with solutions. To effectively manage the expected influx in cyber events, organizations will need to increase spending on cyber-security initiatives.

5.  Software Defined Perimeter Solutions Will Gain Traction

“Authenticate” then allow “Access” to keep information safe. Currently, most access solutions are designed to provide access and then authenticate, requiring these layers to block hackers. However, more organizations are realizing that it is possible to break the current paradigm of providing access prior to establishing trust, with Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) solutions. This will create increased spend in SDP based solutions, hiding services from the world until trust is established. SDP alone will not be able to protect against breaches, and access solutions will be needed to help protect critical data.

6. Paper Out. Digital In.

Another one of our major predictions is the idea that data sources will continue to be migrated from paper to digital systems, but at a much faster pace than previously realized – diminishing its market share even further.

While this will increase efficiency, it will create higher cyber security risks and we are likely to see organizations increasing budgets to secure data exchange and to protect newly launched digital services. The days of filling out long paper applications and tax forms with confidential information are long gone.

Software-Defined Access with Safe-T

Companies that want to get on the vanguard of effective cybersecurity can start with access tools from Safe-T -- our perimeter solutions ensure that only authorized users have access to data. By universally applying security across on-premises, cloud and other environments, we provide clients with a comprehensive user experience that takes security into account.

Our software-defined perimeter tools works as effective "gatekeepers" for corporate networks and their valuable contents, in an age where traditional sentries just don't do the job anymore. Through innovation on authentication, access and infrastructure, Safe-T is helping clients to get to the next level on anticipating the trends above, plus all of the ongoing challenges with IoT, BYOD, etc.

Think of this as a broad shield for corporate systems. Ask Safe-T about how to secure business systems in a meaningful way.

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