Jason Hart, CTO, Data Protection at Gemalto, outlines what CISOs should be prioritising as we move into 2019.
There is no doubt that 2018 has been a memorable year for cybersecurity professionals and the industry as a whole. From overseeing the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to the record-breaking number of data breaches, CISOs have had increasing pressures on their shoulders. And, as technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) gain more prominence and emerging technologies such as quantum computing are pursued even further, 2019 looks like it could be another hard year for the industry.
With all this in mind, what might the next 12 months bring the security industry?
- Quantum computing puts pressure on cryptoagility
Next year will see the emergence of the future of security – cryptoagility. As computing power increases, so does the threat to current security protocols. But one notable example here is encryption, the static algorithms of which could be broken by the increased power. Cryptoagility will enable businesses to employ flexible algorithms that can be changed, without significantly changing the system infrastructure, should the original encryption fail. It means businesses can protect their data from future threats including quantum computing, which is still years away, without having to tear up their systems each year as computing power grows.
- Hackers will launch the most sophisticated cyberattack ever using AI in 2019
Up until now, the use of AI has been limited, but as the computing power grows, so too do the capabilities of AI itself. In turn this means that next year will see the first AI-orchestrated attack take down a FTSE 100 company. Creating a new breed of AI powered malware, hackers will infect an organisation’s system using the malware and sit undetected gathering information about users behaviours and organisations systems. Adapting to its surroundings, the malware will unleash a series of bespoke attacks targeted to take down a company from the inside out. The sophistication of this attack will be like none seen before and organisations must prepare themselves by embracing the technology itself as a method of hitting back and fight fire with fire.
- Growing importance of Digital Transformation will see the rise of cloud migration security specialists in 2019
As organisations embrace Digital Transformation, the process of migrating to the cloud has never been under more scrutiny; from business leaders looking to minimise any downtime and gain positive impact on the bottom line, to hackers looking to breach systems and wreak havoc. As such, 2019 will see the rise of a new role – the cloud migration security specialist – to help the CISO securely manage the transition. Whether the role is internal or external, a vital part of supporting the CISO is to ensure that as workloads transition to the cloud they are secure from any potential hackers.