Cyber Security Predictions for 2018
With 2017 finally behind us (good riddance!), it’s time to look to the ever-growing future of cyber security and where it’s going to take us in the coming months. The past year has been full of political hacking and significant data breaches, and 2018 promises to be one of the worst we’ve ever seen in regard to cyber security. The Alias Forensics team put our heads together to come up with some predictions for where the market is heading and who’s going to be targeted next!
#1. More Patching & Leaked Credentials
The trend of more people and companies being hacked is bound to continue and expand more and more. One team member thinks that less hacks are going to happen due to people patching their systems, because of how much emphasis has been placed on how crucial it is to constantly patch your devices in the last year. However, this leads to a new avenue for hackers to explore. Yeah, that’s right- leaked credentials. One trend on the rise is usernames, passwords, and other private information is being leaked and used to target major company’s mainframes.
(As an added prediction, the industry believed to be hit the hardest this year is Healthcare, and less targeted is Oil & Gas.)
#2. Cisco Meraki
Cisco Meraki is the leader in cloud controlled WiFi, routing, and security. Not only would it be devastating for them to be compromised, but detrimental to many companies and individuals alike across the globe.
SCADA stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and is one of the most commonly-used types of industrial control systems, which makes it a prime bullseye for cyberwarfare/cyberterrorism attacks. Many of us agree that it will be one of the big focuses for criminals this year due to multiple vulnerabilities.
Swatting is the action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address. Swatting is abundant among online video gamers and was thrown in the national news this past year when an innocent man was killed by police responding to a swatting incident. Swatting will most likely increase in 2018 due to more people knowing about it, and little to no repercussions for offenders (at the moment).
It will become popular to attack schools. Hackers motivated by exploiting how unsecure education is will increase the more they see others doing it, with little fear of getting caught since schools don’t have the budget to fix vulnerabilities.
#6. Huge Financial Breach
Financial breaches are increasing by the day, but one team member thinks that the biggest international cyber heist in history is just around the corner. As hackers become more confident in their abilities, it’s only a matter of time before they hit the biggest banks in the business and get away with it too.
Wikileaks next target? Anyone and everyone in the political market. With the public’s interest exponentially expanding in politics, hackers are going to go after whoever they can to make the largest scandal in political history come to light. Mueller Probe, anyone?
Cryptocurrency is the currency of the future, or at least, most people think it is with the ever-rising value of Bitcoin. However, what most don’t realize is how incredibly risky it is to buy and hold cyrptocurrencies. Both crypto exchanges and personal crypto wallets are vulnerable to hackers. On top of that, you have cryptocurrency mining, which is loading up victims’ computers with software that “mines” currencies to generate a profit, without the owner’s knowledge. Be careful out there; The crypto world is a scary one!
Will 2018 be the year it actually happens? Will Google get hacked? One team member thinks it’s possible.
There is going to be a big spear phishing attack against a major Pharmacy. The healthcare vertical is especially attractive due to the high value of patient information.
I think that different attacks that are perpetrated via the Internet of Things will get worse in 2018. I also think that attacks on AI devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home will be something to look at in 2018 as they are becoming more prevalent in households.
Only the future will tell, but these predictions are pretty on point! Stay tuned to the end of the year to see which ones have and/or haven’t come to fruition!