Check Point’s latest research report on the 2018 security landscape makes for some pretty overwhelming reading.
Following 2017, which Check Point describes as a pivotal year, the IT securing industry is still reeling from a whole host of new and rebooted cyber-threats. From the high-profile incidences like those experienced in the UK with WannaCry affecting the NHS and the mass data breach of voter’s personal data in the United States. Add in the massive causalities of data breaches like those at Yahoo, Equifax and Uber and last year was a wake-up call that nobody is safe from cybercriminals.
Check Point describes the current position as a cyber security ‘inflection point’. With a combination of massive data breaches, critical infrastructure sabotage and ransomware, the fifth generation of cyber attacks is causing an unprecedented level of damage to organisations worldwide. Whilst this in itself is not a surprise for many, the fact that 97% of global businesses admit to being unprepared for the next attack is alarming.
The report is an essential tool for all data security professionals to arm themselves with the latest news and information on the top trends for Gen-V cyber-attacks.
The top takeaways of last years threats and future obstacles the industry will face include:
- Mobile security is dominating the agenda of many organisations as malware continue to infect huge numbers of devices through rogue apps.
- Crypto-currencies are fast becoming a method of monetising vector attacks through the increased distribution of crypto-miners.
- Multiple vectors of attack are showing no signs of decreasing with threats coming from network, mobile and cloud platforms.
- Data breaches are now a commonplace occurrence with the frequency and extent of these increasing almost exponentially.
- State-backed technologies being used to facilitate hacking and sabotage is becoming more commonplace and cannot be ignored.
The World Economic Forum has placed cyber-attacks as one of the top three risks to global business for 2018 and Understanding trends and how organisations are targeted is critical in the battle to prevent breaches and defend against this threat.
You can download a copy of the 2018 Security Report from Check Point here.
Only by being prepared and proactive can organisations hope to be able to mitigate the risks and ensure the swiftest recovery when the inevitable happens.