Seven key cybersecurity trends for 2020: Page 3 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.

[4] Vehicles and transport infrastructure are new targets for cyberattacks

Through the development of software and hardware platforms, vehicles and transport infrastructure are increasingly connected. These applications offer drivers more flexibility and functionality, potentially more road safety, and seem inevitable given the development of self-propelled vehicles. The disadvantage is the increasing number of vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit – some with direct security implications. Broad cyberattacks targeting transport could affect not only the safety of individual road users, but could also lead to widespread disruption of traffic and urban safety.

[5] Hackers target smart supply chains and make them "dumb"

With the goal of greater efficiency and lower costs, smart supply chains leverage Internet of Things (IoT) automation, robotics and big data management – those within a company and with their suppliers. Smart supply chains increasingly represent virtual warehousing, where the warehouse is no longer just a physical building, but any place where a product or its components can be located at any time. Nevertheless, there is a growing realization that this business model considerably increases the financial risks, even with only relatively minor disruptions. Smart supply chains are dynamic and efficient, but are also prone to disruptions in processes. Cyberattacks can manipulate information about deposits. Thus, components would not be where they are supposed to be.


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