Cybersecurity has always been a matter of debate. After titling 2018 as the year of cyber attacks, 2019 isn’t dissimilar and security experts have already claimed 2019 as the year of AI-Centric cyberattacks.

“In 2018, we have seen immense sophistication in the threat landscape with the cyber threats being able to personalize as per the target’s weakness. These days, the stakes are higher than ever before.”

Steve Durbin, Managing Director at Information Security Forum.

With an increasing number of data breaches, chances are that our personal information won’t be secure in the future. In the coming days, cyber attacks will possibly target areas such as network loopholes, customer notification, and more.

Also, the netizens will soon demand the government to introduce strict data protection legislation. The antivirus companies on another hand will have to take measures and release tools for online protection.

The Cybersecurity industry is currently bombarded with tons of predictions, trend reports, forecasts, security analysis, and security breach incidents. To keep you updated with what’s going to happen in this year, we will provide you with the top predictions by cybersecurity experts, analysts, and researchers. Read along to discover everything:

Threats Revolving around the Internet of Things (IoTs)

More and more companies are now adapting the IoT devices. However, these IoT devices aren’t equipped with strong security aspects. In addition, various cybersecurity experts warn that soon there will be a lack of transparency in the IoT-Centric ecosystem.

When it comes to the corporate sector, it will be hectic for companies to discover what information is being compromised and what information is being logged and transferred through devices like smartphones, smartwatches, smart TVs, tablets, and even the fitness wearable.

Whenever a data breach occurs or privacy violations are exposed, companies are likely to be held responsible by the regulators. Even in the worst cases, IoT device security breach leads to physical injuries and even death.

In addition, Steve Durbin has stated that according to the vendor’s perspective, it is important to get a better understanding of how a user uses a device. But, in reality, it gives way to various threat vectors. There should be a way to secure the devices and prohibit any unauthorized access to it.

Trend Micro Report

Trend Micro is a cybersecurity provider that offers hybrid cloud security, network defense, and users’ data protection solutions. The cybersecurity provider has presented the following predictions for the year 2018:

  • During 2018, cyber extortion will serve as the core of the majority of the cybercriminals’ business. This crime will target even the popular schemes to reap hefty payouts
  • IoTs will be targeted even more and cybercriminals will use them for their benefits
  • The ransomware become mainstream in 2019, and more forms of digital extortion will come into the bigger picture
  • Digital propaganda campaigns will revive through leveraging tested approaches learned from past campaigns
  • The global businesses’ loss due to spam emails will surpass about 9 billion USD
  • Various companies are forecasted to take action on the EU GDPR whenever the first lawsuit is filed
  • Various applications will be at risk of dealing with severe vulnerabilities


The antivirus provider, Symantec has released the predictions for 2019, which are as following:

  • Cybercriminals will leverage the power of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to perform cyber attacks
  • Attacks on the supply chain will become common
  • Free-of-file malware will come into the picture
  • Blockchain will be utilized in different areas other than the cryptocurrencies. However, cybercriminals will keep targeting coins and exchange systems
  • Companies will struggle while dealing with Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
  • More security breaches will take place due to design error and compromises
  • Financial Trojans will cause more losses than the Ransomware. IoTs will be held to ransom
  • Various DDoS attacks will take place through targeting IoTs


McAfee has predicted development in the areas of machine learning, ransomware, IoTs, privacy protection of content created by children. Below are the cybersecurity predictions by McAfee for 2019:

  • McAfee has forecasted an Arms’ race between the hackers and security experts
  • Serverless apps will attain opportunities to areas such as app dependencies and data transferring
  • Ransomware will emerge from PC extortion to IoTs and corporate-level disruptions
  • IoTs will compromise on privacy for corporate marketers
  • The app will retain children’s content and pose a reputation risk


The antivirus company Kaspersky has released a detailed report about cybersecurity forecast. Below are their predictions:

  • Fraud as a service will emerge in the tech world
  • Hackers will intrude into the world of cryptocurrency
  • Connected devices and health devices will pose risk to netizens’ data privacy


The British software and hardware company, Sophos has presented its predictions about the cybersecurity as following:

  • A new breed of vulnerability will appear named as Ransomware as a service comprising of worms and severe threats
  • Android malware will make its way to the Google PlayStore
  • Mac OSX systems will face cyber attacks
  • The DIY or Do It Yourself kits will exploit the Microsoft Windows Operating Systems


The American market research company, Forrester offers advice about the potential impact of technology on the corporate world. The Forrester has forecasted following cybersecurity predictions for the year 2018:

  • The state-sponsored departments will no longer be able to verify identities accurately
  • IoT attacks will gain financial benefits than just the chaos
  • Cybercriminals are expected to leverage the power of ransomware and target the Point of Sale Systems (POS)
  • Blockchain will go beyond AI in VC funding
  • Companies that look for insider threats aggressively will have to deal with GDPR fines and penalties


At this moment, we suggest netizens protect them with reliable antivirus software. Also, netizens should use a safe and secure VPN when going online, keeping their privacy protected from the eyes of the cybercriminals.


Hudson is currently an editor at Hudson Rhine. She also holds a degree in Computer Science from Bridgewater College. She loves to write about software and tech shaping the future. She lives in Virginia with her parents.

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