Nov 05 2020

Predicting the Cyber Threats of Tomorrow

Bad actors are always looking ahead. Businesses need to as well.

In cybersecurity, the bad guys are always looking to the future. That means that what’s (relatively) safe today is likely to become a prime target for threat actors tomorrow — and as manufacturers produce more technology that’s web-connected, they widen the surface for potential attacks.

What might be the next compromised device? The Wall Street Journal rounded up the likeliest suspects, based on expert opinion. Here’s a partial list:

Implanted Medical Devices: As devices such as pacemakers and cochlear implants become equipped with GPS trackers, Bluetooth and internet connectivity, the risk of compromise increases.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Modern modes of transportation are Wi-Fi-connected moving computers and are all hackable. America’s trains are a particular source of worry for experts because the train car manufacturers are all based overseas, making them easier targets for nation-states seeking to implant malware.

Smart Homes and Offices: “Connected smart-home devices such as doorbells, locks, lights, ovens and coffee makers can be highly vulnerable to cyberattacks,” the newspaper notes. The shift to remote work has in turn shifted hackers’ attention to home Wi-Fi networks and old-fashioned phishing attacks.

5G Networks: 5G uses software instead of hardware to manage network functions, and software is typically more vulnerable. Because artificial intelligence will be used to oversee much of 5G infrastructure, the AI itself could become subject to attack.