Skybox Security: Cybersecurity Threats and Vulnerability trends in APAC for 2019

2018 has been a transformative time for security teams in APAC regions. The imposition of new regulations like Australia’s Notifiable Data Breaches scheme and the Indian government’s push to be GDPR compliant due to recent global breaches, have been influential on cybersecurity investment and strategy.  Sivan Nir, Senior Analyst, Skybox Research Lab, makes her predictions for the year ahead.

  • Crypto-jacking keeps going: 2018 saw unauthorised cryptomining replace ransomware as the most popular malware, and this will not abate.
  • Mobile vulnerabilities keep rising: A continuing trend which emerged at the end of 2017 is the exponentially growing number of mobile vulnerabilities.
  • Cloud misconfigurations cause chaos: As more and more companies migrate to the cloud, the biggest risk will be seen in the misconfiguration of the cloud environment, showing that humans continue to be one of the weakest links in security
  • Ransomware won’t fade away: 2017 will always be remembered as the ‘year of ransomware’. While cryptomining is overshadowing ransomware, it’s important that CISOs don’t let their guard drop on this older threat.

AI arms race: AI will be increasingly used to identify and protect against attacks, but 2019 will see a surge in the number of vulnerabilities in AI and chatbots as threat actors realise the value in this activity.

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