Top 5 Security Trends to Watch In 2019

The year 2018 will be remembered for various malicious cyber attacks. From rising threats of crypto mining malware and ransomware to other botnet attacks, 2018 saw numerous cases of data breaches and cyber attacks. Moreover, Facebook’s seemingly never-ending scandals related to consumer privacy have also raised concerns about data privacy.

Now, 2019 is approaching with emerging technologies and innovative cyber security solutions which are under development. To ensure that your business doesn’t fall prey to emerging threats in the coming year, we asked our security experts about the cybersecurity trends to follow in 2019.

 

  1. Biometrics on the Rise

With increasing risk associated with the use of passwords, the use of biometrics is going to rise drastically. Since 2013, biometric services which use face and fingerprint for recognition is on the rise. Devices with usernames and passwords are becoming the legacy choice for authentication. Now, biometrics is widely used in critical infrastructure applications with hospitals and airports using this approach. MasterCard is also expected to use biometric identification by April 2019. The acceptance and adoption of biometrics are likely to replace usernames and passwords.

  1. AI for security solutions

The use of AI is nothing new as in 2017, reportedly the AI-based security analytics was extensively set up by 12% organizations. This is going to rise in the coming year as the growing security threat can only be addressed by AI. In 2018, big names like Palo Alto Networks’ behavioral analytics solution Magnifier and Alphabet’s Chronicle declared adopting AI-based solutions. As such, AI is not just limited to the corporate level, but will also grow in the security segment.

  1. Enhancement of Web Application Firewalls

With increasing threats from hackers, securing online businesses has become a critical task. Businesses are using a web application firewall (WAF) which protects web servers and their content from several attack categories like web scraping, buffer overflow, and Cross Site Scripting. WAFs protect web applications against external and internal attacks and in 2019 technological advancements will make existing WAFs more effective and efficient.

  1. Use of cloud services

In the coming year, cloud-based security is going to be a highly adopted cybersecurity trend by organizations. Cloud service providers ensure that data is stored correctly and they also offer more advanced network firewalling, web application firewalls, and secure web gateway (SWG) platforms. The cloud-based cybersecurity systems provide faster deployment and scalable solutions that support the business needs.

  1. Zero trust maturity

Though Zero Trust models are said to reduce the productivity of employees, the trend is likely to rise in 2019. In this approach, the IT Security teams develop digital fingerprints of employees to prevent cyber attacks and insider threats. By minimizing the difficulties posed by a Zero Trust approach to enable users ‘hurdle-free’ access to data, Zero Trust is going to be a major cybersecurity trend in 2019.

With increasing threats of loss of sensitive data, organizations are taking the security of their data too seriously. Thus from new AI security tools, and industry consolidation to the blurring of lines between physical and cyber security, the coming year is likely to see some major security trends. Moreover, there will be more legislation similar to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act.