The first week back to work after the Christmas break is usually a rude awakening from the previous few days feasting and fun. And when it comes to cybersecurity, the chances are you’ll be plunged straight back into it as the black hats look to exploit any weaknesses they can find. As we head into 2019 it will become increasingly clear that organisations must do better — with the people, as well as the process and technology — to manage cyber risk. If they fail, there are some regulators out there about to bare their teeth.'As we head into 2019 it will become increasingly clear that organisations must do better — with the people, as well as the process and technology — to manage cyber risk. ' ~@PhilMuncasterClick To Tweet
As 5G lands, beware IoT risk
The Internet of Things (IoT) is already making a huge impact on society and business, embedded in everything from home devices to drug infusion pumps, manufacturing machinery and cars. As 5G drives an even greater proliferation of smart devices, there will be a two-fold threat to firms. First is the risk of Mirai-like IoT malware infecting unsecured consumer and SOHO-grade devices. The resulting botnets could drive an uptick in damaging DoS, crypto-mining, click fraud and much more. Nokia claimed in December that botnet activity represented 78% of malware detection events in communication service provider (CSP) networks in 2018, up from just 33% in 2016.
Phil Muncaster is a technology writer and editor with over 12 years’ experience working on some of the biggest technology titles around, including Computing, The Register, V3 and MIT Technology Review. He spent over two years in Hong Kong immersed in the Asian tech scene and is now back in London where information security has become a major focus for his work.