It was a big year for cyber security in 2018.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, demonstrating the serious nature of confidential data and keeping it safe. For those who fail to align their practices to the regulation, they face the consequences of a hefty fine, which could potentially destroy their business.
This means cyber security is a high priority for everyone, so this is what you need to know about cyber security for 2019.
A lack of cyber security skills continues
The cyber security talent gap has been described as an industry crisis. According to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce (GISW) study, which had almost 20,000 respondents, two-thirds indicated that their organisations lack the number of cyber security professionals needed for today’s threat climate.
As cyber attacks become more sophisticated, skills need to constantly evolve also. Many businesses will need to nurture the required cyber security skills from their existing workforce, or recruit more specialists. SCC are highly experienced professionals in cyber security solutions, with a vast knowledge base. They also can help fill the cyber security knowledge gap within organisations.
Focus continues to shift from prevention to resilience
According to a report by KPMG – based on a poll of 150 UK leaders – almost 40% of respondents believed that cyber attacks are now a case of ‘when’not ‘if’.
For 2019, there will be a continual shift away from prevention to resilience as these threats can no longer be completely avoided. By quickly identifying and dealing with these breaches, damage can be considerably limited. It is likely that resources previously dedicated on cyber attack prevention will be reallocated to protection.
The role of AI in cyber security
Growing and evolving cyber security risks could be more effectively fought by utilising artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. AI has arisen as one of the most transformative technologies in recent years and can be used to identify and protect against threats.
As computing power, data collection and storage capabilities increase, machine learning and AI are being applied more broadly across industries and applications than ever before. AI’s ability to process and analyse all captured data means it can understand new trends and details, alerting you before a potential breach.
At SCC, we offer an intelligence-led approach to protecting your information, intellectual property and most valuable assets. We provide security support, regulatory compliance and alerts for your IT infrastructure to help you mitigate the risk of attack. Our service is powered by IBM QRadar, rated by international analysts as one of the world’s best security analytics platforms.
Attackers will get smarter
There’s no doubt that cyber crimes are going to become increasingly bespoke and sophisticated – are you prepared to deal with these hackers?
Kat Cooke is Senior Content Writer at SCC. She was previously Senior Journalist at the Aesthetics journal, and has worked for Sky News, providing live coverage of the last two General Elections and the EU Referendum. Kat has a 2:1 degree in Journalism from City University London.