This year 2020 has already begun with many challenges at the global level. With COVID 19, economies are struggling to keep up. And, in midst of all these, losing your personal data in the hands of cybercriminals would only make the situation worse. That is why it is important to understand the cybersecurity trends and the risks associated with the same.
In the seventh annual report by TUV Rhineland on Cybersecurity, there are majorly seven points raised by the experts. Along with the help of cyber experts from various countries, TUV Rhineland’s report discusses the different Cybersecurity trends of 2020 that one must be aware of. The possible attacks target the medical equipment, digital supply chain. The danger is also obvious to the feeble operating systems running in real-time.
Cybercrimes have risen with time. From individual personal security to the stability of the entire society seems helpless at a certain point. And, this is majorly due to the digitization that seems to be getting deeper into the various day to day chores. Although there are many advantages of digital growth, it wouldn’t be wise to ignore the flip side too. Hence, creating awareness is something that could help people stay safe and secure.
What Are the Cybersecurity Trends to Focus on?
The experts and researchers from TUV Rhineland have come up with the seven most popular trends in digital space. And, everyone must understand the implications of the same in order to have a peaceful online existence.
Limitless Access Given to Your Personal Data
Every one of us accesses so many applications online. Most of the time, we even create accounts on a particular app and sync it with our social media profiles, providing that particular app access to our personal information.
Have you ever thought about the depth of seriousness these accesses could impose on us? For instance, according to the TUV Rhineland research in 2017, a French woman asked the dating app which she had been using for a couple of years to provide her with the details that the dating company had about her. And, the result was shocking.
The dating app shared with her over 800 pages of the document. And, it had the information of her Facebook likes and dislikes, the hundreds of matching profiles she ever showed interest in, and whatnot. It seems frightening. This only explains how difficult it has become to safeguard our personal interests and data.
Medical Devices Connected Over Internet Are Risky
For over a decade, the number of smart medical devices such as pacemakers, glucose monitors, etc has surged immensely. Doctors can view the patient’s details online and provide instant resolution for the attention needed. However, the challenges are also huge. With the vulnerability of applications and the possibility of cyberattacks, one cannot trust these smart medical devices completely.
Attacks on Smart Supply Chain More Likely than Ever
To offer better efficiency at considerably reduced costs, smart supply chains choose IoT automation, big data management, etc. Moreover, to provide real-time updates on the products, there are tracking for the orders. Businesses provide a clear picture of the places where products are parked at any given time. It does make these companies efficient and reliable, but at what cost. Aren’t these upgradations also leading closer to cyberattacks?
Smart Devices Are Taking Over the Population
Another alarming issue among cybersecurity trends is the exponential increase in the usage of smart devices. Nevertheless, these devices do make living easier but they aren’t completely safe at all. The frightening part is that the cybercriminals can easily proliferate the target numbers with ease.
Transportation is Attracting Cybercriminals
Nowadays, booking an airplane and a taxi to reach the airport can be done from the same platform. And, not just yours, but these apps contain data of every other passenger. Sounds easy to make plans for holidays, huh? Planning vacations or traveling for office meetings have become simple and hassle-free. No long queues for tickets. You can book one from your smart device.
With the digitization of transportation infrastructure is a highly progressive move, there are loopholes of the same. The vulnerable software and hardware could not only target the individual’s security but can disturb the entire urban traffic and safety.
Cybersecurity Trends Outlines the Threats to Shipping Process
The talks about cyberattacks on shipping that was more of a theory is not a reality. Decades back, we did point out the probability of shipping getting under these attacks, and now, you can find many examples already.
From port logistics, to ship navigation to ship online network, everything could become the route for cybercriminals to infringe the private data.
Probable Vulnerabilities Found in Real-Time Operating Systems
There have been several attacks made on real-time operating systems (RTOS) and companies have lost millions. Although the cybersecurity is getting powerful too, however, it is sometimes a challenge to locate the vulnerability as well.
For instance, Armis Labs, in 2019, located the eleven serious vulnerabilities and named it “Urgent/11” which are most obvious in the real-time operating system. Among the 11 vulnerabilities, six flaws discovered around 200 million IoT devices falling at the danger of RCE attacks, the remote code execution attack.
The worst part is that the level of helplessness poses to be the major challenge. Unless the problem areas are checked and understood, it is impossible to stay prepared in advance against the attacks. This is because a large number of challenges are deeply buried may not never be noticed by the organization until the attack surfaces.
Not just that, if this stays like this, even the installation of the latest security updates, which won’t cover the undetected vulnerabilities would fall short to fight against such cyberattacks.
The facts about the cybersecurity trends and their implications are highly frightening. And, that is okay if to keep us motivated for increasing our safety procedures and policies. However, at an individual level, one must take measures to safeguard their data to avoid getting into traps of cybercriminals.