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4 Cybersecurity Trends That Business Analysts Should Be Aware Of


Each year, new cybersecurity trends crop up. In 2019, some of the major trends in cybersecurity included IoT ransomware, cyber attacks on mobile devices, and increased investment in automation, per Protegrity.1 In 2018, AI-powered attacks, sandbox-evading malware, and the rise of state-sponsored attacks trended, according to CSO.2 In 2020, the cybersecurity landscape is even more dangerous. 

It is critical that business analysts stay current with cybersecurity trends and educate themselves about the root causes and effects of cyberwar. Read on to discover some cybersecurity trends for 2020 that every business analyst needs to know about, as well as an incredible resource for increasing cyberwar literacy.



Business Analysts, Take Note of These 4 Cybersecurity Trends for 2020

Here are a few cybersecurity trends you’ll likely see in 2020: 

1. Hacking -- According to Security Boulevard, “The hack is back.” Hacking is nothing new, but business analysts should expect to see more sophisticated hacking take place in 2020. “Hacking will continue to become a bigger share of attacks that result in data loss or system takeover,” stated Security Boulevard.3 “Personal information, including usernames and passwords, remains a hot commodity on the dark web, making successful hacks very lucrative for cybercriminals.” 

2. Cloud security problems -- Cloud security is critical in the prevention of cybercrime. Everyday, huge amounts of data are moved to the cloud. This makes the data more sensitive to attack and cloud security more complicated. “Cloud-based threats will inevitably continue to grow, with organizations struggling to maintain control of critical data and ensure real-time threat intelligence,” stated Netsparker.4 The source suggested that organizations relying on manual security management opt for “large web application infrastructures” to help increase cloud security. This is something business analysts that specialize in cybersecurity may help organizations do.

3. Larger cybersecurity investments -- One of the positive cybersecurity trends for 2020 will probably be larger cybersecurity investments. Company and governmental leaders are well aware of the cyberwar happening every day and are investing more money than ever into keeping vulnerable data secure. “Cybersecurity spending is most likely to be higher in banking and federal/central government as defenses are constantly being battered by the brute force of hackers,” explained CIO Applications.5

4. Exploitation of AI -- AI helps organizations in many ways, but it is something that hackers can exploit, and likely will in 2020. “There are many benefits that come with the use of AI, but it also comes with a few risks,” stated Stability Networks.6 “Like any other computer system, AI is susceptible to malicious attacks. Once an AI system is compromised, the hacker can use the AI to enhance their own criminal activity.” By getting a greater understanding of AI, business analysts can learn how hackers exploit it. This will give them insight into how to help companies keep this risk at bay. 

The Best Resource for Increasing Cyberwar Literacy 

If you want to gain a deeper understanding of cybersecurity and cyberwar, Sandworm, by Andy Greenberg of Wired Magazine, is a must-read. A contributor to Forbes wrote, “In addition to taking us on a journey of understanding of the events around multiple attacks by Sandworm, Greenberg takes a stab at answering these bigger questions. What motivates the Sandworm hackers? Why is the response from those in charge of protecting critical infrastructure so tepid? What lessons have we learned?” 7


Business analysts, what cybersecurity trends are you expecting to see in 2020? 



  1. Protegrity. The top five cybersecurity issues trending in 2019. 


  2. CSO. 7 cybersecurity trends to watch out for in 2018. 


  3. Security Boulevard. Predictions 2020: cybersecurity in the New Year. 


  4. Netsparker. The top 10 cybersecurity trends to look out for in 2020. 


  5. CIO Applications. Top 6 emerging cybersecurity trends for 2020. 


  6. Stability Networks. Top cybersecurity trends to watch going into 2020. 


  7. Forbes. Sandworm book review.