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Top 5 Predictions for Cyber Security in 2018

Last updated on November 22nd, 2019 at 10:17 am

We reside in a world that is networked together. Companies rely on networked systems and their data is stored in the cloud. Thus, Cyber Security is one of the most crucial issues that need to be addressed in the present scenario.

Cyber-attacks have become an international threat due to the occurrence of several high-profile breaches with the recent attack by ‘Wanna cry’ ransomware. It is believed by numerous experts that cyberattacks could endanger the global economy.

The world of cybersecurity witnesses changes frequently. The security experts seek to gain know-how about what is happening and how they can mitigate it.  Accept it that you can’t protect everything, but you can find a way to control what matters the most.

Gartner has given out a few cybersecurity predictions for the coming year. Know about them to keep yourself prepared for future breaches. These predictions will also help you to plan your strategies accordingly.

Earl Perkins, the analyst at Gartner and vice president of the research, revealed five cybersecurity trends that are likely to dominate in 2018. He presented the predictions during Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2017.


  1. New types of skills will be required to tackle cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a sphere where the rate of unemployment is 0%. There is a scarcity of professionals who have the requisite skills. Above that, the demand for professionals in cybersecurity is expected to escalate to a whopping 6 million across the globe.

Most of the enterprises will generate more and more data. With an increase in data, its vulnerability to getting hacked will also augment. Artificial security intelligence will be essential to tackle this increase in information.

Cybersecurity will evolve in different areas such as data classes and data governance. This would require advanced data security skills in these areas. The industry would require a continuous new set of skills. Adaptive skills will also be vital in the coming years.


  1. Many enterprises will give priority to cloud security

More and more companies are relying on cloud storage. As a result of this, cloud environments are a potential target of security breaches.

It is expected that more problems related to cloud security will crop up in 2018. It is predicted that a shared cloud storage service that multiple companies use may become unstable and witness security issues.

It would be the experts’ responsibility to choose credible and trustworthy sources. Enterprises should develop security guidelines. They should devise strategies to combat the security issues at the earliest.

According to an article on Forbes, 20% of enterprises will develop data security and governance programs as a measure to prevent data breaches and public clouds.

Cloud-based security brokers are likely to be integrated with a network firewall, web application firewall, and secure web gateway.


  1. Enterprises will be shifting the spotlight to protection and prevention

As the saying goes “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” But, the same strategy will not be applicable to the field of cybersecurity. You can’t protect or prevent everything, so you should focus on important things only.

It is better to invest in prevention, so spend your money on detection and response. You need to implement a security system that focuses on detecting a threat and tackling it.

In the future, it is expected that the predictions regarding coming threats will be made long in advance. This will give enterprises time to be prepared with strategies to combat it.

Earl Perkins put forth an interesting prediction in Forbes magazine that states that 99% of the vulnerabilities will be the ones that will already be predicted or known by security experts for a year or more.


  1. Application and data security will be considered

Businesses make use of several applications and generate a huge amount of data. However, most of the enterprises do not go for application security due to their expenses. It’s essential to analyze the value of security and implement it at the earliest.

The DevOps software’s task is to properly manage the development and operations within an organization. Development and operations should go hand in hand. It is a good time to stop treating them as different entities, rather than treat them as one.

Software should be customized in a way so that it also focuses on security issues. Security needs to be brought in by DevOps. For this inquire with the service provider about the security services they offer.

By 2020 almost 40% of enterprises that use DevOps will secure their applications. They’ll do so by adopting various technologies. These include self-testing, diagnosis, and protection.


  1. More focus on safety, reliability, and privacy of data

Cybersecurity is not just about protecting the systems and networks, but also about ensuring the safety of people and their environment.

Privacy is essential for every business. There is confidential data that should not be accessible to anyone else except the authorized person. If in any case the data is leaked, then it can lead to big losses on the professional front.

Safety and reliability are also important components of cybersecurity. If the systems are facing a physical impact, then that hinders the security of the people. Reliability is essential for those sectors that are asset-centric.

It was predicted that enterprises that use native mobile containment will also increase by over 20% to 60%.



Cybersecurity is of utmost importance, especially for businesses. However, the world of cybersecurity is unknown and full of changes. We need to be well acquainted with the latest trends in order to maintain the optimum level of security.

In 2018, you need to focus on cloud security, data security, privacy, and application security. It is a year where professionals with new skills will be the most sought-after. For businesses, it is a year to focus on the detection and response of issues related to cybersecurity.


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Anil Parmar
Anil Parmar
Anil Parmar is the co-founder of Glorywebs, a full service digital marketing agency that aims to help clients with web design, web development, mobile apps, digital marketing and more. Websites, mobile apps & plugins we develop have a common # 1 goal: Keep it as simple as possible for end users.