Cybersecurity trends

Lack of employee awareness. While Artificial Intelligence is helping to identify and anticipate attacks, hackers are also using it to design new and difficult-to-detect techniques.

Use of social media to manipulate public opinion (misinformation and fake news). As we saw in a previous post, cybercriminals are increasingly turning to techniques such as fake news or deepfake to spread false information and distort reality.

We expect cybercriminals to take advantage of the great momentum and boom of entertainment platforms (Netflix, etc.) to steal user credentials. The motivation of a cybercriminal could respond to two main reasons: impersonating a legitimate user and making a fraudulent use of their accounts or selling the data on the Deep Web.

Attacks on the supply chain. As we mentioned in a previous post, the weakest link in the security chain of many businesses is their own supply chain.

Taking advantage of the fact that 30% of users still use Windows 7 and that on January 14 their technical support ended, cybercriminals will try to exploit unpatched vulnerabilities.

Attacks on financial institutions will continue to be especially hard in Latin American countries and will mainly focus on investment applications.

As we mentioned in a previous post, when we thought that Ransomware was beginning to decrease, it came back stronger than ever. In 2020, we expect to see more and more selective Ransomware attacks, focusing on healthcare facilities, critical infrastructures, public services and electoral processes.

The increasingly blurred security perimeters (due, among others, to the use of IoT devices, drones and BYOD) will be harshly attacked by cybercriminals.

We expect to see an increase in the number of attacks on cloud environments. Cybercriminals will focus on potential vulnerabilities caused by configuration errors.

As anticipated some time ago, the increase in cyber insurance contracts will capture the attention of cybercriminals. Hackers, attracted by the idea that their rewards will be paid, will increase their aggresiveness.

Finally, we expect low-profile techniques such as SIM Swapping,  Smishing o Vishing to become more popular.

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