AI and machine learning will continue to enable asset management improvements that also deliver exponential gains in IT security by providing greater endpoint resiliency in 2020. Nicko van Someren, Ph.D. and Chief Technology Officer at Absolute Software, observes that "Keeping machines up to date is an IT management job, but it's a security outcome. Knowing what devices should be on my network is an IT management problem, but it has a security outcome. And knowing what's going on and what processes are running and what's consuming network bandwidth is an IT management problem, but it's a security outcome. I don't see these as distinct activities so much as seeing them as multiple facets of the same problem space, accelerating in 2020 as more enterprises choose greater resiliency to secure endpoints."
Artificial intelligence is set to improve cybersecurity in 2020, and you're about to find out how. As a result, businesses must consciously remain updated on legal requirements like CCPA and GDPR. Also, it's essential to stay on top of the latest industry trends now more than ever. Some major cybersecurity trends in 2019 include increased data privacy regulation, phishing attacks, IoT ransomware, among others. But, the most significant trend this year may be the increased investment in artificial intelligence.
These and many other insights are from Capgemini's Reinventing Cybersecurity with Artificial Intelligence Report published this week. Capgemini Research Institute surveyed 850 senior executives from seven industries, including consumer products, retail, banking, insurance, automotive, utilities, and telecom. Enterprises headquartered in France, Germany, the UK, the US, Australia, the Netherlands, India, Italy, Spain, and Sweden are included in the report. Please see page 21 of the report for a description of the methodology. Capgemini found that as digital businesses grow, their risk of cyberattacks exponentially increases.
From disrupting elections to targeted ransomware to privacy regulations to deepfakes and malevolent AI, 141 cybersecurity predictions for 2020 did not exhaust the subject so here are additional 42 from senior cybersecurity executives. "2019 saw the cybersecurity industry start to explore AI-based solutions. We could see AI-based malware become prominent in day-to-day attacks"--Guy Caspi, CEO, Deep Instinct "In 2020, we'll see an increasing number of cybercriminals use AI to scale their attacks. AI will open the door to mutating malware based on attackers using genetic algorithms that are capable of learning, increasing their chances of success. What's particularly concerning is that these mutations often bypass traditional anti-virus solutions by altering their signature or structure along the way, meaning the malicious payload is free to wreak havoc on systems"--Maty Siman, Founder and CTO, Checkmarx As the use of AI/ML evolves, we will see these tools for what they are, new methods to complement industry cyber-defense, and not the magical silver bullets they are currently perceived as"--Stephen Jou, CTO, Interset, a Micro Focus Company It's no longer about siloed threat prevention and endpoint management, but rather dynamic (frictionless) solutions that combine these offerings to remove human error from the equation, while simultaneously learning, adapting and empowering end users to be productive, safe and collaborative"--Charles Eagan, CTO, BlackBerry "At least three US States will declare states of emergency due to waves of ransomware in 2020. If that isn't worrisome enough, we predicts there's a 20 percent chance this could escalate to a national level"--Jon Oltsik, Senior Principal Analyst and Fellow, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) "Ransomware will continue to both dominate headlines and cause havoc in 2020. The complexity of the attacks and the packaging of Ransomware-as-a-Service will continue to increase, while organizations grapple with both prevention and implementing practices to respond appropriately. Responses by organizations will be split between those who recover from backups, and those with more limited options who opt to pay the ransom"--Danny Allan, Vice President of Product Strategy, Veeam These new defense techniques will be crucial, as it's likely that cybercriminals will begin executing'wetware' attacks by combining automated content generation and manual human effort to personalize attacks against targets, and evade the current generation of defenses"--Joe Levy, CTO, Sophos "While privacy rights related to personal data have been top of mind recently, there is one area where consumers are becoming more lenient with sharing their data--their safety.
Serial cybersecurity entrepreneur Shlomo Kramer said in a 2005 interview that cybersecurity is "a bit like Alice in Wonderland" where you run as fast as you can only to stay in place. In 2020, to paraphrase the second part of the Red Queen's observation (actually from Through the Looking Glass), if you wish to stay ahead of cyber criminals, you must run twice--or ten times--as fast as that. The 141 predictions listed here reveal the state-of-mind of key participants in the cybersecurity defense industry and highlight all that's hot today. The future is murky, but we know for sure that on January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will go into effect; that the U.S. presidential election will take place on November 3, 2020; and that on October 1, 2020, if you "wish to fly on commercial aircrafts or access federal facilities" in the U.S., you must have a REAL ID compliant card. Other than these known events, the crystal balls of the participants in this survey warn us ...