13 Dec 2017

Cyber Security Trends for 2018

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2017 has been a newsworthy year for cyber security but 2018 has the potential to dominate the headlines even further.

McAfee Inc has released the ‘McAfee Labs 2018 Threats Predictions Report’ which discusses the five key trends in cyber security to watch out for next year.

The five trends that McAfee Labs identify include:

  • An adversarial machine-learning ‘arms race’ between attackers and defenders
  • Ransomware to evolve from traditional PC extortion to Internet of Things (IoT), high net-worth users, and corporate disruption
  • Serverless apps to create attack opportunities targeting privileges, app dependencies and data transfers
  • Connected home devices to surrender consumer privacy to corporate marketers
  • Consumer apps’ collection of children’s content to pose long-term reputation risk

The full article can be read at the link below:

McAfee Labs Previews Five Cybersecurity Trends for 2018

McAfee Inc. today released its McAfee Labs 2018 Threats Predictions Report, which identifies five key trends to watch in 2018.

While we recommend reading the above article to get the full insight into McAfee’s predictions for 2018, we’ve summarised the trends that are likely to affect organisations, possibly like yours, below.

Adversarial Machine-Learning

Machine-learning is the field of computer science that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.

Using machine-learning, organisations can process a massive amount of data to find vulnerabilities, suspicious behaviour and attacks; unfortunately, cyber hackers are able to use machine-learning for their own agendas, causing problems for organisations more quickly than organisations can solve them.


The report suggests that while traditional ransomware attacks are on the decline due to improved measures in countering them, attackers are set to adjust their strategies and attack less traditional and more profitable targets.

This backs the idea that WannaCry and NotPetya are far from the final word when it comes to dealing with dangerous ransomware attacks.

How Cyber Essentials Can Help

The first step to keeping your organisation safe from potential future cyber attacks is to be certified with the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme. Certification will protect your organisation from 80% of common cyber threats. It is also a mandatory requirement for organisations wishing to win business with the MOD, and can help your organisation prepare and defend itself against malicious cyber attacks, regardless of the sector you operate in.

You can learn more about Cyber Essentials by downloading our free Cyber Essentials Scheme Summary or by downloading a sample of the Self-Assessment Questionnaire you will be required to complete to become Cyber Essentials certified.

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