Adam Levin, cybersecurity expert and cofounder and chairman of the company, says he expects persistent and evolving threats in areas of privacy and cybersecurity to shape the 2020 security landscape.
"While consumers and business leaders are more aware of cybersecurity and privacy than ever before, cybercriminals continue to innovate," says Levin. "As defenses improve, the attack vectors become more nuanced and technically impressive. You are your best guardian when it comes to your privacy and personal cybersecurity."
Levin offers his first series of predictions for 2020:
- Cybersecurity workforce shortages: There will be a shortage of experts, adding pressure on chief information security officers (CISOs) charged with tackling an increasing issue environment. With the demand for cybersecurity professionals far exceeding supply, the market will have to start filling openings with less qualified people.
- The disinformation blob will grow: With the success of weaponized misinformation campaigns in the 2016 and 2018 U.S. elections, expect to see more of them in the private sector, with businesses adopting troll farm tricks to hurt the competition.
- Ransomware will continue to thrive: Phishing attacks will continue to lead to ransomware infecting more and more networks. Businesses, municipalities and other organizations will continue to pay whatever they must in order to regain control of their data and systems. We will also see better backup practices that will help minimize or neutralize the threat of these attacks.
- IoT botnets will make dystopian paranoia seem normal: IoT will continue to grow exponentially. In 2020, there will be somewhere around 20 billion IoT devices in use around the world. Unfortunately, many are not secure because they are protected by nothing more than manufacturer default passwords readily available online. They will be weaponized (like in years' past), but with increasing skill and computing power.
- The integrity of the U.S. elections will be questioned - for good reason: There are still voting machines in use that are far from secure and would