Conversations about the cybersecurity realm seem to evolve with each passing year. Over this decade, some of the most pertinent issues have been how to deal with the rising high-profile attacks that seem to leave no one in a safe space. As the year unfolds, there is no doubt that pundits in the cybersecurity realm will continue to focus their efforts on finding solutions that will bring the much-needed assurance. Consumers will also continue to learn more about measures that they can use to protect themselves. Undoubtedly, every aspect of technology will be all about how information can be used to increase the privacy and security of individuals and organizations.

This year, we might observe a new trend in the evolution of hacking techniques as well. As new technologies arise to counter threats, hackers will find themselves coming up with inventive ways to beat the systems too. So what considerations do you need to make for 2019? Here are some insights on some of the trends that might define the year.

Focus on IoT networks

This year will see more focus shifting on IoT networks than ever before. For a number of years now, the IoT domain has grown tremendously. Various devices are now equipped with wireless networks. As we get closer to 5G networks, the issue of safety will need to be addressed soon enough. Indeed, we have already seen various tests being done across the industry to ascertain the security levels in the network. It has already been established that hacking in the IoT domain is not uncommon. In fact, some of the earliest studies done on IoT hacking indicated that the vast majority of IoT devices were vulnerable. Mashable put the number at 70%. Considering that most of the challenges found a number of years ago are yet to be addressed, it is not misplaced to assume that the trends of hacking will go higher as more devices get connected to networks. Organizations will have to take the lead when it comes to knowing how to secure each device on the network.

Security concerns regarding artificial intelligence (AI)

One of the main issues that have come up recently, particularly among people looking to learn more about VPN usage in recent years, is how AI can contribute to making networks more secure. Already, various approaches have been used by companies to help AI recognize security flaws and to deal with them directly. An issue that will dominate 2019 though is the possibility of AI turning against humans. Ever since the first AI technology was invented, the pertinent question of just how much power the machine can have has disturbed most people.

There is no doubt that machines have already been taught to keep companies and enterprises safe by reading and analyzing security reports. But there have also been worries that the same AI machines can be used by cybercriminals to gain unauthorized access to data and valuable information. The thin line that exists when it comes to influencing a smart machine is a potentially dangerous aspect of AI that will be analyzed greatly over the course of the year. Apart from that, there will be more emphasis put on ensuring that issues of human error do not limit the effectiveness of AI machines.

The role of the service provider in providing security

Ever since the internet evolved to become an essential part of daily communication, service providers have been holding a crucial position in the market. Internet service providers(ISPs) and communication service providers(CSPs) have been involved in giving consumers the critical infrastructure that is needed to connect to the web. These service providers have however never bothered in getting involved in the cybersecurity realm. Instead, specialized companies like virtual private network companies and security firms have been tasked with ensuring that networks are secure. This could all change though especially due to competition and differentiation of services.

As the IoT space continues to grow, service providers will find themselves involved in the lives of their consumers in more ways than one. The evolution of networks to 5G will thus come with a bigger capacity for service providers to be involved in the overall security of networks. It is not just service providers who will be concerned about security though. The entire industry, consumers, device manufacturers, and product designers will all get involved in ensuring that networks are secure for consumer use.

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