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Cybersecurity plays a vital role in protecting our freedoms, privacy, rights, and sensitive data online. Each year, more and more, our online security is becoming vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks and data breaches—and 2020 is no different. These attacks include smart supply chains, threats to smart devices, and weaknesses in real-time operating systems. 

Read on for the rundown on the top five cybersecurity trends you’ll be seeing a lot of in 2020. 

#1: Vehicles and Transport Infrastructure at Risk for Cyberattacks

Automotive cybersecurity is an area that cybersecurity specialists are not quite familiar with. As vehicles become smarter and more advanced, the risk for cyberattacks increases. One of the disadvantages to smart vehicles is that they’re vulnerable to exploitation––these cyber attacks could affect not only the safety of individual drivers but could also affect traffic and urban safety. 

#2: Smart Consumer Devices Can’t Be Secured Fast Enough

The use and performance of the Internet of Things (IoT) is increasing every time we turn around, making it an attractive target for cybercriminals. With the rapid increase of smart devices, it’s nearly impossible to keep track of which devices need to be secured. Since most of our devices are connected to the same network, a data breach to just one device could create a devastating domino effect.

#3: Vulnerabilities In Real-Time Operating Systems Could End the Patch Age

In 2019, a discovery in the real-time operating system (RTOS) Wind River VxWorks showed eleven vulnerabilities. Six of these flaws exposed an estimated 200 million IoT devices to the risk of remote code execution (RCE) attacks. This is a major challenge as it is often hidden in a large number of products, making it difficult for organizations to notice these vulnerabilities. 

Despite being effective in the past, installing the latest security updates will no longer be effective against RCE attacks.

#4: Hackers Target Smart Supply Chains

Smart supply chains exist to lower costs and increase efficiency; they leverage automation, robotics, and big data management––they’re incredibly reliable, but at high risk for a cyberattack. Since smart supply chains represent virtual warehousing, its vulnerabilities could lead to unnecessary costs, inefficient delivery schedules, and a loss of property. 

#5: Uncontrolled Access to Personal Data Could Damage the Digital Society

In 2017, Frenchwoman Judith Duportail asked a dating app to send her any personal information they had on her file. The company responded with an 800-page document containing irrelevant information such as her Facebook likes and dislikes, the age of men she dated, and every single online conversation she had on the app since 2013. 

The fact that Judith received so much information from this one app download shows the lack of transparency companies have with the securing and processing of our data. Also, this example shows how hard it is to protect your personal data from unsecured apps. 

2020 is shaping up to be a big year for cybersecurity, and an even bigger year for cybercriminals. Cybercrime is increasingly affecting our security and the stability of our society as a whole. Cybersecurity specialists are constantly refining their processes to ensure no network is left unsecured.

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