As hackers develop ever more sophisticated strategies to assault and invade organisations, security professionals must bolster their defences to block them. From dark web tool kits and malicious ransomware, to phishing tactics designed to thieve credentials, organisations are facing a range of threats. While combating these security threats is crucial, it is also essential that attacks are analysed and employees are made aware of cybercrime risks.

The following are three potential trends for cybersecurity this year as organisations adapt to protect their data and finances from malicious attacks.

1. Adopting automation

As enterprises expand, IT teams must constantly improve both their effectiveness and efficiency. While dedicated IT security professionals are still the best option for safeguarding organisations from cybercrime, not every developing company can afford such an advantage. To assist, many organisations will be seeking out automated aid in the form of technologies like automatic encryption and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to secure and streamline tasks that tick boxes for both security and data compliance.

Company budgets for security are not the only factor that affects the needs for automated help. With the increasing rise of cyberattacks on organisations, there is a severe lack of IT professionals with the experience to take up the security posts required. With automated support, smaller IT teams can handle the task of security more easily.

2. Bespoke cybersecurity training

Many companies are currently planning an increase in cybersecurity training for staff from consulting services. To ensure training schemes are in line with company needs and protocols, many of the courses are being tailor made to suit organisations and accommodate input from middle and top management.

This involvement is a shift in responsibility, with cybersecurity being a problem faced by company security teams alone. While educating staff on how to look out for potential threats has always been an integral part of defending a company against attacks, this streamlined training for employees could see an improvement in security.

3. Measuring cybersecurity with regular reports

With cyberattacks on companies growing annually and data protection regulations more rigid than ever, organisations will be required to allocate more funds for security. To account for this budget, security measures will need to be effective; for example, having a positive impact on user productivity or reducing costs for compliance and legal operations.

To display evidence of success, regular reporting will be required, and heads of information security will need to design security metrics that can track progress.

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