Seven key cybersecurity trends for 2020: Page 2 of 4

February 11, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Seven key cybersecurity trends for 2020
TUV Rheinland has released its seventh annual report on Cybersecurity Trends for 2020 covering seven key trends that include attacks on smart supply chains, threats to medical equipment and weaknesses in real-time operating systems.

[2] Smart consumer devices are spreading faster than they can be secured

Smart speakers, fitness trackers, smart watches, thermostats, energy meters, smart home security cameras, smart locks and lights are the best-known examples of the seemingly unstoppable democratization of the "Internet of many Things". Smart devices are no longer just toys or technological innovations. The number and performance of individual "smart" devices is increasing every year, as these types of device are quickly becoming an integral part of everyday life. It is easy to see a future in which the economy and society will become dependent on them, making them a very attractive target for cyber criminals. Until now, the challenge for Cybersecurity has been to protect one billion servers and PCs. With the proliferation of smart devices, the attack surface could quickly increase hundreds or thousands of times.

[3] The trend towards owning a medical device increases the risk of an Internet health crisis

Over the past ten years, personal medical devices such as insulin pumps, heart and glucose monitors, defibrillators and pacemakers have been connected to the Internet as part of the "Internet of Medical Things" (IoMT). At the same time, researchers have identified a growing number of software vulnerabilities and demonstrated the feasibility of attacks on these products. This can lead to targeted attacks on both individuals and entire product classes. In some cases, the health information generated by the devices can also be intercepted. So far, the healthcare industry has struggled to respond to the problem – especially when the official life of the equipment has expired. As with so many IoT devices of this generation, networking was more important than the need for Cybersecurity. The complex task of maintaining and repairing equipment is badly organized, inadequate or completely absent.


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