Booz Allen today released its newest study, the 2019 Cyber Threat Outlook, which outlines eight new areas of cyber threats in 2019.
Byron Rashed, Vice President of Marketing at Centripetal Networks:
“Every aspect of this report cites cyber threats that should be of concern to governments and businesses. Some threats apply to consumers, especially the lack of security in many IoT devices and connected vehicles. Combating these threats are difficult, especially cyber threats from nation states that have no budgetary limits.
The best way to defend against these attacks is layered security and best practice. Implementing technologies that block known sources as the first line of defense will eliminate most of the inbound and outbound threats. Keeping IT assets (security and infrastructure) up to date with the latest versions of software and patches will help to curb some threats that may find their way into the network. Penetration testing will also be a benefit in finding vulnerabilities that cybercriminals will leverage.
Every organization should have a cybersecurity awareness training program for their employees. Human error is one of the biggest contributors to network infiltration and data exfiltration. Creating cybersecurity policies can be highly effective to mitigate risk.
There will also be more emphasis placed on cybersecurity in 2019 as GDPR and other regulations take hold. Heavy fines and damaged reputation will soon tip the scale making cybersecurity solutions more cost-effective and finally become part of doing business.”