Data and securityCyber SecurityInfographic: Cyber Security in 2019

Infographic: Cyber Security in 2019

With a new year of cyber threats ahead of us, what are the cyber security trends and activities most likely to affect your organisation?

As 2019 gets underway, plenty of people are sharing their predictions for the year ahead. While there are plenty of unknowns ahead for the public sector, not least surrounding Brexit, one thing we can be certain about is the growing need for robust cyber security in the face of increasingly sophisticated and frequent attacks.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has defended the UK from an average of more than 10 attacks per week, according to the organisation’s Annual Review, which highlights the problem very well.

Helpfully, the team at Symantec has compiled a list of key cyber security predictions for 2019 and beyond, which covers everything from AI to DDOS, counter attacks and much more.

Learning from 2018

In anticipating the major cyber security and privacy trends for 2019, you can find plenty of clues in the events of the past 12 months. Among the now familiar forms of attack, cyber hacks of major corporate systems and websites continued in 2018 and will inevitably be part of the 2019 cyber security scene. Many well-known organisations around the world suffered significant breaches last year. The single largest potential data leak, affecting marketing and data aggregation firm Exactis, involved the exposure of a database that contained nearly 340 million personal information records.

Beyond all-too-common corporate attacks, 2018 saw accelerated threat activity across a diverse range of targets and victims. In the social networking realm, Facebook estimated that hackers stole user information from nearly 30 million people. A growing assortment of nation-states used cyber probes and attacks to access everything from corporate secrets to sensitive government and infrastructure systems. At the personal level, a breach into Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal health tracker accounts resulted in the theft of private data from an estimated 150 million people.

So, what can we expect on the cyber security front in the coming year? Here are some of the trends and activities most likely to affect organisations, governments, and individuals in 2019 and beyond.

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