Predictions for the data breach industry in 2019

Published: December 7, 2018 by Michael Bruemmer

Data privacy dominated the headlines in 2018, thanks largely to the implementation of GDPR. Even with the new emphasis on protecting data, there were still high-profile data breaches dominating headlines. On the positive side, organizations are more prepared than ever to address cybersecurity incidents. However, cybercriminals remain one step ahead. Not only are they targeting new attack vectors, but they have added sophisticated new tactics to old favorite methods, like phishing. It is a constant game of cybersecurity cat and mouse, and too often, the cybercriminals appear to be winning.

To help better prepare you and your organization for potential cyber threats, our Data Breach team has put together its yearly forecast on the issues and trends surrounding data security in 2019.

Here are our five predictions for 2019:

  1. Attackers will zero in on biometric hacking and expose vulnerabilities in touch ID sensors, facial recognition and passcodes.
  2. Skimming isn’t new but the next frontier is an enterprise-wide attack on a national network of a major financial institution – which can cause millions in losses.
  3. A major wireless carrier will be attacked with a simultaneous effect on both iPhones and Android, stealing personal information from millions of consumers and possibly disabling all wireless communications in the United States.
  4. It’s only a matter of when not if a top cloud vendor will suffer a breach, compromising the sensitive information of hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies.
  5. Friends or foes? The online gaming community will be an emerging hacker surface, with cybercriminals posing as gamers and gaining access to the computers and personal data of trusting players.

Download our complimentary whitepaper to learn more about how these trends will shape the coming year, see how we scored against our 2018 predictions.