Frederic Rivain, CTO, and Cyril Leclerc, Head of Security, at Dashlane the password management company, take a look at what is on the horizon for 2019.
At Dashlane, we had a think about the year ahead, and what the future holds for the security industry in 2019 and beyond. Some of our thoughts herald welcome mindset shifts with regards to how companies are collecting and using our data, and how they will be held accountable under new privacy laws. Some of our predictions were not so palatable, but just as realistic - such as the possibility of terrorist attacks facilitated by cyber.
Whilst we can’t actually predict the future, we were all able to agree on one thing. Digital security is a constantly evolving industry, and throughout 2019 it will have lasting effects on how not only businesses, but also governments, work with issues concerning consumer privacy and digital security. Here are our top five bold predictions for the coming months.
GDPR: the regulation where the sun never sets
GDPR is the most advanced legislation concerning the protection of personal data. As any country dealing with European citizens’ customer data is liable under GDPR, many other countries will begin to draft and initiate laws that get their own data protection on a par with the EU. California has already passed such legislation that will come into effect on the 1st January 2020. We anticipate similar laws being passed in Asia – although China will most likely remain the exception that confirms the rule. On the opposite end of the scale, legislation we see in Australia is going what could be called the “wrong” way in regard to privacy laws.
The more data breaches and leaks there are, however, the more pressure regulators will feel from their citizens to do more to protect their own digital privacy.
Data privacy issues will continue to weaken Facebook
Perhaps an easy prediction to make, but as privacy concerns continue to plague Facebook, and younger generations adopt different communications and content platforms, we predict Facebook’s grip as top social media dog will loosen in 2019. It will also have a hard time redefining itself in an effort to regain its dominant status in the future.
Data breaches will turn physical
We are seeing a continued shift in cybersecurity; it is becoming more and more of a weapon for both illegal activities, but also for warfare. We may well see cybersecurity ransoms on more vital services such as hospitals, transport systems, and perhaps even utility company software – we have already observed potential cyber-threats against energy firms, for example. All would be catastrophic, with potential for loss of human life through denial of critical services.
This type of attack has the potential to be far more impactful than past attacks requiring physical presence, as terrorists could cause harm from the comfort of their own homes, anywhere in the world.
Quantum cryptography – a brave new world…
Quantum computing has become a huge area of R&D – and this hasn’t stopped at “mere” computing. The applications of quantum computing for cryptography are currently being researched – with the hope that it will solve problems that are either impossible or incredibly complex using classical computing power. This is, however, still limited to experimental arenas and labs. Through 2019 we may well see the first application of quantum cryptography in the wild.
It’s unlikely that we will see this technology trickle down to the consumer anytime soon, but we could see a scenario this year where cybersecurity companies begin to use quantum cryptography in the search for a robust and complex-to-crack enterprise software security solution.
…that may be over before it's truly begun!
Quantum computing may break and re-write all the rules of cryptography as we know it, but some cryptographic researchers are already looking for the next step.
A new, hybrid quantum cryptographic future could be on the cards sooner than we thought. Ideally industry wants to avoid a quantum Y2K moment or years, where all existing cryptography is no longer effective. 2019 will be the year in which hybrid theories and applications begin to take form, easing us into a quantum future!
Dashlane is a cyber security company who provide a password manager app and a secure digital wallet.
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