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Farsight Security 2019 Predictions: Technology Trends to Watch

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Ben April, chief technology officer at Farsight Security, Inc.

Technology Trends to Watch

2018 was quite a year - privacy discussions were given a bigger stage than ever before, breaches grew larger and more staggering, and the world paid closer attention to privacy, election security and breach disclosure process.

What will 2019 bring? Here are the key issues that will be plaguing IT Security teams in the coming year.

We will spend more time and resources on threats to "Things" in 2019 than ever before

In a world of refrigerators that send spam, automated voice assistants that over-share conversations and routers that DDOS, IOT security is everyone's problem. The pace of new threats to appliances and devices is growing about as fast as the number of devices in our homes and workplaces. Keeping pace software updates is hard enough on phones, computers and mobile devices. Keeping devices in-field current is not a "solved" problem.

The market for "Observational Intelligence" will continue to grow

As the consumers of Threat Intelligence mature, more are looking for pre-judged raw materials along with tools and processes that they can use to apply their own business-rules to create custom-tailored reputation sources. The gap between "top tier" and typical security teams is growing. Teams with less resources will be asking: "tell me what to do," while better resourced teams will ask: "tell me what you know, we'll decide what it means to us. The market will stay strong for reputation vendors that can pivot and offer pre-reputation data will have an advantage with the upper-tier operations.

New and more questionable data-handling practices will come to light

There is no question that data breaches will continue. Social media and data warehouse firms are under the same business constraints as everyone else. Expect to see new notifications of data breaches from organizations that you didn't know had any data on you. Questions will be raised about why organizations have specific data and what responsibilities they have to protect it. Expect GDPR to begin to bear fruit in terms of litigation and penalties.

Privacy will be a watch-word but users will need to look deeper to find the real risks

New products and proposals promising to fix specific privacy problems will continue to appear. Some will actually move the needle on one or more aspects of privacy and may miss entirely or make things worse for other aspects. One example is DOH (DNS over HTTPS) it does hide your DNS queries traffic from your ISP, but it goes on to provide those queries in a neat per browser package to the DOH servers. If you don't trust your ISP, you should be using a VPN, or another ISP.


About the Author


Ben April is the chief technology officer at Farsight Security, Inc.  Prior to joining Farsight, Mr. April spent eight years at Trend Micro, where he became the Americas regional manager of the forward-looking threat research team. He has presented to security conferences on five continents, covering topics like Bitcoin, NFC, operational security and infrastructure security. Mr. April has built research systems for collecting and aggregating data, from Whois and the Bitcoin block-chain to the global routing table. His current crusade is to eliminate the technical and policy barriers that impede data-sharing among white-hat security researchers. Mr. April is also a volunteer sysadmin and coder for some trusted-community security projects.

Published Friday, February 01, 2019 7:26 AM by David Marshall
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