Efforts to protect data from cyber threats will need to be even greater in 2020. The threats are genuine and continually growing.

Cybersecurity should not be an afterthought, or merely reactive. All businesses with data which needs protecting should have a well thought out cybersecurity strategy ready for 2020.

The strategy should clearly state the known threats and how they might be addressed. No matter what the size of the organisation, your strategy should assign levels of responsibility to individuals.

Aims of cybersecurity strategy for 2020

Aligning business goals with cybersecurity strategy will help in making security measures specific to your type of business. Understanding exactly where your systems and data are vulnerable is essential for developing an effective strategy.

A strategy with constant evaluation written into the process will allow for early detection. And with that comes fast response to new threats. It might be an uncomfortable subject, but insider threats are genuine. Either maliciously or inadvertently, many cybersecurity breaches are caused by someone with authorised access to the vulnerable data.

What are the cybersecurity threats likely to be in 2020?

The cybercriminal will be forever trying to stay ahead of those looking for security solutions.

Existing threats are predicted to account for most security breaches in 2020.

New ways of attacking data include the increased use of AI (artificial intelligence) for cyber attacks. On mobile devices, AI will be the driving force behind ever more sophisticated ransomware, phishing attacks and malware.

The vulnerability of data will escalate further as 5G rolls out, and more devices are connected via the Internet of Things (IoT). A huge cybersecurity challenge for 2020 will be keeping track of the sharing of data between many interconnected devices.

A growing gap in the need for skilled cybersecurity experts is another significant threat. Simply sending staff on courses will not provide a lasting solution. James Hadley (CEO of cyber-learning platform, Immerse Labs) believes businesses need to be developing cybersecurity talent of its own.

Essential cybersecurity measures to prepare for 2020

  • Carry out exercises and simulations to test readiness for cyber attacks. Include realistically aggressive penetration testing to challenge your systems.
  • Ongoing training should be available for all staff. Constantly evaluating staff’s ability to prepare for and respond to attacks will help avoid the cybersecurity skills gap in your business.
  • Have a backup plan. Securely back up all data in real-time. A catastrophic attack could destroy or lose valuable and sensitive client data. Part of your cybersecurity testing should include plans to restore data and systems after an attack.
  • Appoint a CISO (chief information security officer) to give your cybersecurity strategy a clear focus and chain of responsibility.
  • Be prepared to share knowledge. Attend industry networking events and conferences, such as a CISO exchange, and learn how to build cybersecurity defences through the experience of others.
  • Use the services of specialist cybersecurity service providers.

There will be many cybersecurity challenges in 2020. The skills gap within organisations is leaving too many businesses vulnerable to the ever-growing threat.

Using our specialist cybersecurity protection services frees you from that worry. Our knowledge and expertise will provide you with the most appropriate cybersecurity solutions specific to your business.

Contact us now to discuss how we can prepare your cybersecurity for 2020.