By Anthony Ferrante, opinion contributor — 01/22/20 10:00 AM EST
Cybersecurity threats are seemingly omnipresent in today’s hyper-connected, digital world. In fact — no surprise here — they will only continue to increase in sophistication, frequency, diversity, scale, and scope this year and in the near future.
New Internet-based technologies aimed at creating efficiencies and increasing connectivity between people and places also help proliferate cyber threats and risks.
As more internet-connected devices go online and the so-called “attack surface” increases, malicious actors will find new vulnerabilities to exploit, making everyone more susceptible to cyber attacks. This new reality requires businesses and people alike to understand the evolving cyber threat environment in order to keep pace.
With 2020 just beginning, an understanding of what future cyber threats could entail will help us better protect our systems, information, assets, and even reputation.
While predicting the future is an imperfect task, an assessment of current threats, risks, and trends can help determine what we are likely to see moving forward. Here are my predictions for what’s to come this year.
5G Technology will Make the Existing IoT Problem Worse – this was one of my 2019 predictions, but it’s worth repeating
Background: 5G is the latest generation of cellular network technology that promises higher speeds and increased bandwidth. It has been launched by the four major U.S. carriers in a limited fashion, effectively impacting many of the 265 million mobile device users in America.
Prediction: As U.S carriers continue to rollout the 5G network, new vulnerabilities will emerge from the new infrastructure required to support 5G — and malicious actors will exploit these vulnerabilities via IoT devices. This evolving threat was echoed by the European Union in a recent report, which warned that “security challenges” will become “more prominent in 5G networks, compared with the situation in existing networks.”
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