This year has proven to be one of continued personal and professional growth for many industry friends, colleagues and me. Yet, even with the positives faced this year, there have been some of those opposing negatives. No wonder, then, there are those among us who might be just about done with 2019.
After all, cyberattackers kicked of the year – one that marked our own brand’s 30th anniversary – with seeming gleeful zeal. Ransomware, which has been alive and successfully kicking for some time now, seemed to grow a bit more destructive this year, with focus expanding to municipal governments and manufacturing firms. As well, supply chain attacks – yet another oldie but goody – seemed to be a popular tactic during 2019 with some legitimate updates hiding malware and backdoors that impacted millions in earlier incidents this year. Mobile devices, to no one’s surprise, also saw some additional attention as an attack vector that, undoubtedly, will grow.
Other attacks continue to trend. In addition to cyberwarfare, such as the one the U.S. reportedly launched against Iran’s rocket/missile-control systems, disinformation and misinformation campaigns continue to plague the U.S. and other countries. Many experts believe coordinated operations spearheaded by savvy nation-state units will only worsen in creating societal and governmental upheaval.
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