Cybersecurity predictions for 2020

It has always been important for businesses, no matter what the industry, to stay ahead of trends rather than just respond to them. Cybersecurity is no exception. It’s critical for organisations to stay on top of the constantly evolving cybersecurity threat landscape instead of only looking at the dangers of yesterday. With a new year almost upon us, we’ve selected our top five cybersecurity predictions for 2020 so your organisation doesn’t fall behind.

1. Ransomware to get more sophisticated

…with even more devastating effects. Ransomware attacks are now able to penetrate even the most sophisticated of security solutions. Current security solutions only start detecting ransomware attacks hours after they are released, which is often more than enough time for damage to be done. Some highly sophisticated trojan malware programs are able to utilise a specific shortlist of targets, so reputation services will take more time to detect it.

2. Phishing to become a greater concern

A year ago, malware was generally perceived to be the greatest threat facing businesses. As we approach 2020, phishing attacks are now the main concern of security executives. The need to block phishing attacks is one of the top reasons organisations are prioritising the enhancement of their email security systems. The consequences of a phishing attack, including data breaches and financial fraud, are becoming more and more severe. There is an increasing demand for technologies that can detect and block these types of attacks.

3. Evolving technology equals evolving efficiency

As time moves on, the efficiency and effectiveness of new technologies in cyberattacks improve. The adoption of AI, machine learning, 5G and quantum computing in security teams means that security teams need to monitor and manage potential bias in their AI models to avoid security blind spots that may result in missed threats or false positives.

4. Increase in items to protect

The continued increase of the Internet of Things (IoT) has a direct correlation with the number of devices and applications that security teams need to support and protect. This can be a huge adjustment for teams that are used to just PCs and servers, and now must consider remote working and even other parts of the business that may have accidentally connected to the internet. Everything from smart air-conditioning units or vending machines, to power plants and industrial machinery need to be considered.

5. Security strategies will go beyond just security teams

Within an organisation, it is each individual’s responsibility to understand the cybersecurity risks they could come across. Adding them to a crisis response plan so you are not at a loss of what to do if a ransomware issue does take place is critical. That strategy will need to go beyond just security teams, with marketing, PR and even HR departments at risk. Although you can’t completely prevent against all future threats, you’ll have a much better chance of dealing with them if they have been previously considered.

At SIRE, we have partnered with Centrify because they focus on cybersecurity solutions that aid user security as well as the outside threats, whilst providing information for compliance and audit purposes. To find out how SIRE can help with your organisation’s cybersecurity, talk to us on 01344 758700 or email us on

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