Zero Trust, Robot Hunters and Cyberreserve, the best defense tools

  • Vector ITC, provider of technology and digital services, reveals the most outstanding trends in cybersecurity for this 2018.
  • Malware for mobile devices, Internet of Things and Ransomware, among the main threats.

As technology development advances, cybersecurity has become one of the most relevant fields for all companies worldwide. Having the tools to prevent and protect against external computer attacks that compromise information security is now a fundamental pillar. In this sense Vector ITC Group, provider of technological and digital services, informs about what will be the most outstanding trends in cybersecurity for this 2018.

“In terms of data protection, 2018 is marked by the arrival of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), something that is going to bring about a radical change for companies in any sector,” says Iván Lastra, head of cybersecurity at Vector ITC Group. “Businesses must also be at the forefront of data protection, pioneering security measures against vulnerabilities arising from cyberattacks,” he adds.

The best defense is a good attack

The best attack should not be understood literally, but the offensive phase of companies should be to get ahead and anticipate what potential attacks they may suffer. In this sense, Vector ITC Group highlights the main threats of this year:

  • Malware for mobile devices: Every year the number of mobile users increases globally, making it a niche attack in search of private information. However, further attacks are expected to emerge during 2018 that seek to infect applications that offer taxi, shared transport or payment systems, thus gaining access to each customer’s payment information.
  • Internet of Things: Today, everything is connected to the internet, offering countless advantages. However, the other side of the coin warns that precisely this multi-device interconnectivity also implies that, over WiFi networks, an attack can affect a greater number of devices, leading to a critical failure.
  • Ransomware: 2017 has been the year of ransomware, in 2018 it will possibly remain a potential attack, especially for companies. Some of the best-known, such as WannaCry or Petya, compromised the confidentiality of files stored by companies. In addition, attacks are becoming more advanced and powerful.

On the otherhand, the “attack phase” in which companies anticipate what potential threats to face may be leads them to improve their “defensive phase”, establishing more and better security measures, among which Vector highlights:

  • “Zero confidence” security: With this approach, companies will have a “trust no one” mentality. This implies that security measures will conform to user preferences, although this means that stricter authentication measures will be implemented to verify the identity of users across different levels of credentials.
  • The “robot hunters”: In 2018 we will see how companies implement these systems. Robot hunters are automated threat hunters who make decisions on behalf of people. This security measure learns from discoveries you make, and then takes the necessary steps, such as isolating a compromised package or device.
  • Cyberbooking: This year you will see the progress that the cyberreservation brings. This new security measure is to form a group of Hackers to help the military stop and respond to cyberattacks from abroad.

“The advancement of technology makes the attacks we have to deal with increasingly difficult to predict, so it is vitally important to work to improve security measures, but also to incorporate some new ones that complement those already” says Daniel Lastra, head of cybersecurity at Vector ITC Group.