Key Trends in the Cyber Security Sector

Jan 15, 2019 by

Cyber security is one of the most enduring IT Concerns of our time. As the internet becomes more popular through Internet of Things, more emphasis and concerns have been raised regarding potential breach of security of vital information. Analysis of the IT industry for the last five years reveals major trends as far as demand for cyber security is concerned. The observed trends are all in line with laying in place a framework that is durable enough to amicably resolve the existing cyber concerns. Here are some of the key trends that have been observed in the recent past in regard to cyber security.

Increasing cyber attacks

Statistically, the last one year has experienced more cyber-attacks than before. It has also been observed that there have been more successful breaches of cyber security in prominent organizations and companies that were otherwise expected to have the highest level of cyber security measures. Of additional interest is in regard to the categorical rise in active and passive attacks targeting obtaining personal information. Most active attacks have been channeled towards enforcing denial-of-service, damaging reputations, and making commercial gains from the affected organizations.

In addition, brute force attacks have been made aiming at viciously penetrating even the most secured and well-encrypted systems with the intent of making a financial gain. Personal information has been particularly targeted; especially information relating to social security numbers, bank accounts, and insurance information. Phishing attacks and malware channeled through emails have remained the primary channel through which most hackers utilize to help penetrate unsuspecting users.

Increased demand for cyber security skills

The rising trends of cyber-attacks have consequently led to an increased quest for knowledge in the IT industry. The rising demand for cyber security skills is expected to continue into the year 2019 as IT experts target expanding their knowledge and expertise through progressive training.

To fit the demand for such progressive training of existing and already-employed IT workers, learning institutions in the cyber security sector are developing CompTIA expert level cyber security courses providing extensive knowledge and skills in regard to the field of cyber security. Among other elements, these courses are increasingly emphasizing on threat management and the integration of artificial intelligence with machine learning and the evolving sphere of channels of cyber-attacks.

Increasing cyber regulations

As the world braces for more cyber-attacks, governments around the world are showing concerns and putting in place regulatory mechanisms of taming the prospective rise in cyber insecurity. Regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) binding countries in the EU as well as those outside the EU handling EU citizens’ data are creating emphases on the need to enforce proper data protection for personal and corporate data.

Organizations handling personal data and information are now required to ensure proper accountability and compliance as a way of containing the rising wave of data theft. The mechanisms of enforcement of the regulations are also evolving with potential repercussions amounting to imposition of hefty fines and imprisonment in cases of negligence of cyber security regulations.

Anticipated rise in demand for expert IT personnel

As companies strive to meet the existing government regulations in regard to cyber security, it is expected that there is going to be a sharp rise in the demand for IT and cyber security personnel. The allotment of job positions in organizations is expected to be done in a way that gives preference to persons with knowledge on cyber security and IT. This move is expected to be strategized towards ensuring that existing corporate workers understand the importance of maintaining cyber safety practices that protect organizational data from vulnerability to cyber-attacks.

Commercialization of untraceable cyber attacks

With increased emphasis on prevention of corporate cyber-attacks, cybercriminals are increasingly becoming more cautious, thereby investing in maintaining their anonymity. Such criminals are basing themselves in countries where cyber-attacks are not regarded as a crime, thereby acting as an indirect level of protection against their illegal activities.

Cybercriminals are also increasing their preference for commercializing cyber-attacks by way of deviating from merely manipulating corporate data to emphasizing on denial-of-service attacks after which they ask for ransoms for reinstatement. This trend is particularly becoming popular as more cybercriminals are utilizing untraceable dark web and deep web channels of communication to maintain anonymity and increase their efficiency.

Increased emphasis on machine learning and artificial intelligence

Large organizations and data repository companies such as Google are taking steps ahead of cybercriminals to implement machine learning and artificial intelligence as channels of countering cyber-attacks. With machine learning, database systems can be able trace certain trends as far as imminence of data insecurity are concerned. Machine learning can also develop robotic programs but can effectively detect and ward-off a potential breach in cyber security inside a network.

In conclusion, the rising trend in cyber insecurity is progressively compelling more companies to put in place mechanisms of safeguarding their networks. Internal and external forces are slowly coming into place where the government is taking a proactive role in enforcement of cyber security practices while organizations are taking it upon themselves to implement proactive cyber security measures. To remain competitively safe, organizations are emphasizing on developing existing IT workers’ skills while focusing on hiring more competent ones as a way of helping maintain safety practices internally.

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