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BlackBerry Cylance outlines cyber security predictions for 2020

Josh Lemos, vice-president of research and intelligence at BlackBerry Cylance, has put forward some predictions on cyber security trends for 2020 that will impact Governments and companies across a variety of industry sectors.

(1) Uncommon attack techniques will emerge in common software

Steganography, the process of hiding files in a different format, will grow in popularity as online blogs make it possible for threat actors to grasp the technique. Recent research at BlackBerry found malicious payloads residing in WAV audio files, which have been used for decades and categorised as benign.

Businesses will begin to recalibrate how legacy software is defined and treated and effectively invest in operational security around them. Companies will look for ways in which to secure less commonly weaponised file formats, like JPEG, PNG and GIF, etc without hindering users as they navigate the modern computing platforms.

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(2) Changing network topologies challenge traditional assumptions and require new security models

Network-based threats that can compromise the availability and integrity of 5G networks will push Governments and enterprises alike to adopt cyber security strategies as they implement the 5G spectrum. As cities, towns and Government agencies continue to overhaul their networks, sophisticated attackers will begin to tap into software vulnerabilities as the expansion of bandwidth that 5G requires inevitably creates a larger attack surface.

Governments and enterprises will need to retool their network, device and application security. We will see many lean towards a zero-trust approach for identity and authorisation on a 5G network.

Threat detection and threat intelligence will need to be driven by Artificial Intelligence and machine learning to keep up.

(3) 2020 will see more cyber-physical convergence

As all sectors increasingly rely on smart technology to operate and function, the gap between the cyber and the physical will officially converge. This is evident given the recent software bug in an Ohio power plant that affected hospitals, police departments, subway systems and more in both the US and Canada.

Attacks on Internet of Things (IoT) devices will have a domino effect and leaders will be challenged to think of unified cyber-physical security in a hybrid threat landscape.

Cyber security will begin to be built into advanced technologies by design to keep pace with the speed of IoT convergence and the vulnerabilities that come with it. 

(4) State and state-sponsored cyber groups alike are the new proxy for international relations

Cyber espionage has been going on since the introduction of the Internet, with Russia, China, Iran and North Korea seen as major players. In 2020, we will see a new set of countries using the same tactics, techniques and procedures as these superpowers operate against rivals both inside and outside of national borders.

Mobile cyber espionage will also become a more common threat vector as mobile users are a significant attack vector for organisations that allow employees to use personal devices on company networks.

We will see threat actors perform cross-platform campaigns that leverage both mobile and traditional desktop malware. Recent research discovered nation state-based mobile cyber espionage activity across ‘The Big 4’, as well as in Vietnam. There’s likely to be more attacks coming in the future. This will create more complexity for Governments and enterprises as they try to attribute these attacks, with more actors and more endpoints in play at a larger scale.

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British-made security technology popular among Russian buyers, reveals BSIA survey

According to members of the British Security Industry Association’s Export Council, opportunities for UK security suppliers to expand into the Russian market are on the increase, with Russian buyers showing a growing appetite for British-made technology.

HD CCTV and Video Content Analysis are among the technological innovations most popular in the Russian market, a survey of the UK security sector Trade Association’s members has revealed.

The survey, issued ahead of the BSIA’s presence at the MIPS Moscow Exhibition (which runs from 14-17 April), aimed to gauge BSIA members’ experiences of exporting to Russia while at the same time identifying key features that summarise market trends in the region.

Opportunities for UK security suppliers to expand into the Russian market are on the increase, with Russian buyers showing a growing appetite for British-made technology

Opportunities for UK security suppliers to expand into the Russian market are on the increase, with Russian buyers showing a growing appetite for British-made technology

While it’s clear that demand for British-made products is increasing – the BSIA-organised UK Pavilion at the show has grown since last year – Russian buyers still demonstrate a lack of awareness of whether or not products meet important quality standards.

Initial purchase price: key driver

Daren Wood, membership and export services manager at the BSIA, commented: “The results of our research have mirrored those of last year, with the key driver of purchasing decisions in Russia still being the initial purchase price of a product and buyers placing less importance on added-value factors such as quality standards, technical innovation and ease of use.”

Wood went on to state: “While price is important to everyone during difficult economic times, UK security solutions can deliver far greater benefits than their ‘budget’ counterparts. Demonstrating the capability of UK solutions to deliver effective, holistic security solutions that offer real return on investment will be a priority for BSIA members at MIPS this year.”

The BSIA's Daren Wood

The BSIA’s Daren Wood

Certainly, two BSIA member companies are looking forward to showcasing their wares at Moscow’s Expocentre later on this month. Access control manufacturer Integrated Design Limited (IDL) will be demonstrating its Fastlane® range of entrance control systems which aim to provide the optimum balance of security, aesthetics, ease of use, flow rates and wheelchair accessibility.

The Fastlane® range includes optical turnstiles, tripods, barrier arm optical turnstiles, speedgates and tailgate detection systems, many of which will be on display at MIPS on the Integrator Security Systems stand.

Meanwhile, CCTV and intruder detection manufacturer GJD Limited will be showcasing its D-TECT Laser, which allows users accurate time of flight perimeter surveillance and detection, as well as the Clarius IR and White Light LED Illuminators.

Public sector: a vital market

According to the BSIA’s research, the public sector remains the key target market for UK security suppliers exporting to Russia, with Critical National Infrastructure reported by 65% of exporters to be the single most important vertical market in the region, closely followed by the retail sector for the remaining 35%.

As the Trade Association representing the UK’s private security industry, the BSIA and its dedicated Export Council plays a vital role in forging productive trade links between UK security companies and overseas buyers from around the world.

The BSIA continues to provide support to exporters looking to expand into overseas markets through the organisation of UK pavilions at a range of overseas events, including MIPS. More information on the Association’s activities abroad can be found at: http://www.bsia.co.uk/export-council

*Delegates attending MIPS can visit the BSIA’s stand at location A615

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