The digital environment has become an integral part of the daily lives of people throughout the world, offering a myriad of advancements and options. However, in the digital landscape lurks many threats which undermine confidence in the digital society, and it is critical to safeguard networks and keep users safe from cyberattacks.
The Internet of Things (IoT) with the increasing use of smart devices ranging from health and fitness to homes and cities is fast becoming an integral part of everyday life. A futuristic economy and society dependeant on a wide spectrum of devices increase the attack surface and are alluring targets for cybercriminals. Against this backdrop, we examine the various cybersecurity trends predicted for 2020.
Forming part of the ‘Internet of Medical Things’ (IoMT), personal medical devices such as insulin pumps, heart and glucose monitors, defibrillators and pacemakers are connected to the Internet. In addition to the health information generated by the devices that can be intercepted, researchers have identified these devices as having software vulnerabilities. They have demonstrated the potential of attacks launched on these products by targeting both individuals and entire product categories.
Vehicles and transport infrastructure
Vehicles and transport infrastructures are increasingly connected to the Internet due to the development of software and hardware platforms. Although these applications offer drivers more flexibility and functionality, and potentially more road safety, they are also more vulnerable to the exploitation of cyberattacks. Cyberattacks targeting transport will affect the safety of individual road users and may lead to the disruption of traffic and urban systems and networks previously only imagined in the movies.
Smart supply chains increasingly use virtual warehousing and IoT automation with the greater goal of efficiency and lower costs, smart supply chains leveraging, robotics, and big data management. The implication is that this business model will considerably increase the financial risks, and potential disruptions of processes by cybercriminals.