Cyber-security trends of 2018

Read this article for up-to-date information regarding the latest issues.


As we all know, many experts have predicted that the crime of the future will be online – cybercrime. In order to combat this, cyber-security needs to be ramped up. If you are a budding IT professional, you need to keep up to date with the latest cyber security trends.

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Artificial Intelligence

This can be used to tackle cyber-threats very easily and the superior brains of artificial machines means they have greater capacity and productivity compared to humans and are less likely to make errors at the same rate or have time constraints.

However, this can be a double-edged sword as it could be that hackers will use AI to their advantage and use it to carry out further attacks. In fact, 24 percent of companies want to use AI-based cybersecurity technology to help their organization better identify and communicate risk to the business.


This has been a big issue in recent years and will continue to be so in 2018. Criminals are able to make lucrative amounts of money on this and since 2016 there has been an explosive increase.

Healthcare organisations are the companies most targeted as a result of this crime and it’s predicted that by 2020, ransomware against them will quadruple putting the private information of millions around the world at risk. As well as this, Almost 40% of all successful malware-based attacks involved ransomware suggests the annual ‘Verizon data breach investigations report’.

Shortage of cyber-security experts

As with many sectors, the cyber-security one has also been hit by a shortage of experts, hence the reason why artificial intelligence is becoming so important. The demand for staff exists, but supply is weak. In 2018, ESG reported that 51 percent of organizations have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills, up from 45 percent in 2017.

This is also a career in which staff are encouraged to keep up with the latest technology, which means learning new skills all the time.


Cryptocurrency is enormous and its growth will continue to rise in 2018, analysts predict. Since bitcoin’s inception, more than 1,500 other cryptocurrencies have appeared in its wake. It’s also thought that in order to bring about some reign to the currency chaos, ministers will introduce some legislation. More protection is needed to ensure that currency investors can be sure their money is safe.

With these trends comes the ever-increasing demand for IT security experts to help global companies protect their data. Arden University offers the MSc Strategic IT Management and MSc IT Security Management in Berlin, which focus on these trends and how best to combat such threats to online security.

Find out more about these courses here.

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