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Cyber Security Trends To Watch out For In 2019

Cyber Security Trends To Watch out For In 2019

The Cybersecurity landscape is witnessing rapid transformation as enterprises are on a lookout for innovative solutions to safeguard themselves from rising cyber intrusions.  Keeping in mind India’s business landscape and the country’s needs for cybersecurity tools and solutions, we have comes up with even cybersecurity trends for the Indian market in 2019.

  • Privacy and personal data protection will be one of the key focus areas in 2019: With the draft Personal Data Protection Bill and the Aadhaar ruling by the Supreme Court recently limiting the use of data, the focus on data privacy is set to reach a tipping point in 2019. Organisations will invest in aligning their infrastructure to the requirements in the Personal Data Protection Bill (which is likely to become an Act later in 2019) to gain a business edge and avoid penalties.  
  • Machine learning (ML)/Artificial Intelligence (AI) in  Cybersecurity will mature and become an integral part of the security suite: ML/AI-enabled solutions will be in great demand in 2019 as organisations will begin to focus on anomaly detection rather than rule-based detection and response. We have already seen ML’s application in the endpoint security space. 2019 will see ML/ AI being leveraged in the heart of securing networks i.e. an integral component of SoC (Security Operation centres).
  • IoT security will emerge as a focus in 2019: Organisations and government will continue to embrace IoT-enabled solutions to achieve automation and efficiency especially for critical infrastructure and smart cities. While this happens, we should see increased focus across stakeholders on securing IoT infrastructure.
  • Organisations will have renewed focus on cloud security in 2019: As cloud adoption continues to grow in 2019, attacks on cloud’s shared security model will mount manifold. Cloud providers will have to put in more resources to protect infrastructure. Besides, there will be efforts to beef up understanding about how to limit access to data stored in the cloud and let only authorized personnel access it. In order to address vulnerabilities and misconfigurations, organisations will adopt technologies like CASB (cloud access security broker) which come with additional security controls.
  • Integrated approach to managing insider threats: As we see enhanced focus around the repercussions of a data breach is increasing significantly, accordingly there is going to be a much larger focus on managing insider threats. 2019 will see organisations cross-leveraging or moving towards an integrated data leakage prevention suite which will embed user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA) and cloud access security broker (CASB).
  • Paradigm of security testing will shift left: Security testing will be embedded in the development cycle as speed to market will become key in the digital era. We will increasingly see security teams becoming part of the app development lifecycle.
  • Blockchain will become mainstream to prevent fraud and data theft: For organisations living under the fear of fraud and identity theft in the digital economy, blockchain will show a silver lining. While blockchain is expected to prevent access fraud by playing a key role in managing identities, it may still remain as a solid concept and in play within the startup circles. In 2019, we don’t see large blockchain based Identity as a Service (IDaaS) being widespread in organisations.

 Courtsey: PwC