From expected shortages in IT security staff to potential data breaches, what does 2020 have in store in the cybersecurity realm? For organisations concerned with their cybersecurity, and professionals or potential entrants to the industry, this will serve as a useful glimpse into the waters of the cybersecurity market.
So, without further ado, let’s take a quick look at the important cybersecurity trends that are most likely to shape the industry in 2020!
1. Rising demand in the industry
For years, the demand for cybersecurity professionals has exceeded the supply of skilled workers. That trend likely will only continue to balloon in 2020. This is due to the rise in awareness of the importance of cybersecurity, coupled with the rapid and continuous shift of an increasing number of businesses to digital operations. One workaround for this comes in the form of innovative automated products that help to streamline the security process.
The demand for cybersecurity professionals bids good news for those interested to take a step into the industry. It is a good time to take up that certified ethical hacker course you’ve been thinking about and kickstart your career in cybersecurity.
2. Cybersecurity as a necessity
In the past, cybersecurity was seen as an optional add-on only for the companies that could afford it. However, with the rising trend of cyber-attacks, it is increasingly being seen as a necessity. Major influential companies down to fledgeling start-ups will invest more in their cybersecurity systems to safeguard their information and operations from cyber-threats.
The incorporation of cybersecurity into an organisation’s existing systems can take the form of additional staff training or the engagement of an external cybersecurity vendor. Regardless, having well-certified professionals to take charge of your business’ cybersecurity will definitely go a long way to give you peace of mind.
3. Mobile devices becoming a major risk
Mobile devices have been commonplace for years now, but as they increase in capability and ubiquity, so does their potential at being a cyber-threat. As more people use mobile devices for personal and work purposes, companies will need to find ways to secure these additional endpoints.
To minimise the potential risk posed by the misuse of mobile devices, some organisations have implemented real-time vulnerability management in their web application infrastructure. Yet more efficient and effective ways need to be further explored as the risks evolve and grow.
4. The neverending war against phishing
Phishing attacks are probably as old as the internet itself. It’s an effective method of stealing credentials, spreading malware, and more. In a similar vein, ransomware is also a popular method of earning off unsuspecting internet users.
Advancements in IT security have done nothing to abolish phishing attacks. If anything, it’s only made them more clever. The best way to protect your organisation from such attacks is by providing all employees and business partners proper cybersecurity training. Companies should also invest in comprehensive security and vulnerability management.
What do all of these cybersecurity trends mean?
To sum it up, the need for cybersecurity professionals has never been greater.
As the awareness for secure systems grow and threats continue to rise, the demand for cybersecurity professionals will correspondingly swell. You can contribute to this growing need by considering a career in cybersecurity. From project management to developing software for securing systems, there are many ways you can contribute to this field.
If this sounds like something you would like to do, you can start by earning your credentials, like the PRINCE2 Certification, ITIL 4 Certification, and so on. Take the leap this year by securing your spot within the industry now!