The Information Security Forum (ISF)* recently launched “Threat Horizon 2018”, which is the latest in a series of annual threat reports. It highlights how the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information may be compromised over a two-year time horizon. The target groups are business executives and board level, and it provides a practical, forward-looking view of the increasing threats in today’s interconnected and increasingly insecure digital world. This enables a strategic approach to managing and mitigating risk.
The 2018 report highlights three themes – each with three threats – that focus on particularly difficult cyber security challenges in a way that is relevant to key organizational stakeholders.
Theme 1: Technology adoption dramatically expands the threat landscape
1. The IoT leaks sensitive information
2. Opaque algorithms compromise integrity
3. Rogue governments use terrorist groups to launch cyber attacks
Theme 2: Ability to protect is progressively compromised
4. Unmet board expectations exposed by a major incident
5. Researchers silenced to hide security vulnerabilities
6. Cyber insurance safety net is pulled away
Theme 3: Governments become increasingly interventionist
7. Disruptive companies provoke governments
8. Regulations fragment the cloud
9. Criminal capabilities expand gaps in international policing
*) ISF is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a membership comprising many of the world’s leading organisations. They are dedicated to investigating, clarifying and resolving key issues in information security and risk management.