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TÜV Rheinland has released its seventh annual report on Cybersecurity Trends for 2020. The report is a collaboration between many of TÜV Rheinland‘s leading Cybersecurity experts globally, and discusses seven key Cybersecurity trends which will be important to be aware of in 2020. These include attacks on smart supply chains, threats to medical equipment and weaknesses in real-time operating systems.

Seven Cybersecurity Trends for 2020 by world-leading professionals

The developments in the area of Cybersecurity are alarming. As the number of smart devices in private households increase, so do the opportunities for cyber criminals to attack. Uncontrolled access to personal data undermines confidence in the digital society. The logistics industry and private vehicles are increasingly being targeted by hackers.

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TÜV Rheinland’s Cybersecurity experts view these trends as critical to understand in 2020. “From our point of view, it is particularly serious that cybercrime is increasingly affecting our personal security and the stability of society as a whole,” explains Petr Láhner, Business Executive Vice President for the business stream Industry Service & Cybersecurity at TÜV Rheinland.

“One of the reasons for this is that digital systems are finding their way into more and more areas of our daily lives. Digitalisation offers many advantages – but it is important that these systems and thus the people are safe from attacks.”

  1. Uncontrolled access to personal data carries the risk of destabilising the digital society

Data protection is now very challenging and there is little transparency about securing and processing data that can be used to gain an accurate picture of an individual’s interests and behaviour.

  1. Smart consumer devices are spreading faster than they can be secured

It is easy to see a future in which the economy and society will become dependent on smart devices, making them a very attractive target for cyber criminals. Until now, the challenge for Cybersecurity has been to protect one billion servers and PCs. With the proliferation of smart devices, the attack surface could quickly increase hundreds or thousands of times.

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  1. The trend towards owning a medical device increases the risk of an Internet health crisis

Over the past ten years, personal medical devices such as insulin pumps, heart and glucose monitors, defibrillators and pacemakers have been connected to the Internet as part of the “Internet of Medical Things” (IoMT). At the same time, researchers have identified a growing number of software vulnerabilities and demonstrated the feasibility of attacks on these products. This can lead to targeted attacks on both individuals and entire product classes.

  1. Vehicles and transport infrastructure are new targets for cyberattacks

Through the development of software and hardware platforms, vehicles and transport infrastructure are increasingly connected. The disadvantage is the increasing number of vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit – some with direct security implications. Broad cyberattacks targeting transport could affect not only the safety of individual road users, but could also lead to widespread disruption of traffic and urban safety.

  1. Hackers target smart supply chains and make them “dumb”

Smart supply chains are dynamic and efficient, but are also prone to disruptions in processes. Cyberattacks can manipulate information about deposits. Thus, components would not be where they are supposed to be.

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  1. Threats to shipping are no longer just a theoretical threat but a reality

Many aspects to shipping that can be vulnerability to attack such as ship navigation, port logistics and ship computer network. Attacks can originate from states and activist groups. This makes monitoring and understanding a key factor in modern maritime Cybersecurity.

  1. Vulnerabilities in real-time operating systems could herald the end of the patch age

It is estimated that by 2025 there will be over 75 billion networked devices on the Internet of Things, each using its own software package. This, in turn, contains many outsourced and potentially endangered components.


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