The ever-widening possibility of online networking everywhere brings with it a number of undeniable advantages. But there is also the reverse of the coin: there is increasingly exposure to potential attacks by cyber pirates, intelligence agencies or criminal organizations. In a panorama of constantly evolving cyber threats, Ivan Straniero, Regional Manager, Southern & Eastern Europe of Netscout has speculated on some scenarios for 2019.

Convergence of network and security operations

• Says Foreigner • The techniques of mitigation and prevention of DDoS attacks have become much more effective. This, in 2019, thanks to the in-depth knowledge of the information stored in the company infrastructure will allow security teams to integrate the existing visibility in their threat neutralization processes in an increasingly smart way.

As the number of business cyber attacks, the space of service providers and the essential national infrastructure are increasing exponentially, and given the alarming regularity of DDoS attacks, CISOs and security architecture managers are evaluating new strategies and

•An example is the ability to detect DDoS attacks • supports Foreigner • before these can occur causing significant damage to productivity, performance and reputation of the company. The prevention of attacks is the challenge that even the most experienced CISOs are measured, constantly struggling with cybercriminals’ attempts to circumvent the defences put in place to hold them. The rapid increase in corporate migration to hybrid cloud and multi-cloud architecture is amplifying the problem as it increases the complexity of the network and IT infrastructure, expanding the attack surface and exposing it to new vulnerabilities.

Joint defence against cybercrime

In 2018, the government and the Western authorities witnessed the repression of cyber criminals and intelligence agencies. The hard fist against the pirates of the web will be reaffirmed and intensified also in 2019 with a collaboration between the Western countries.

Governments have assumed the burden of bringing cyber criminals to justice. • It is a very positive step that these countries have taken • stresses Foreigner • no longer willing to stand by the attempts of computer pirates to break down key national infrastructures

In recent months, the White House has unveiled the new IT security strategy to consolidate national infrastructures and to offer greater protection to people and organisations. To this end, the White House will provide governments and law enforcement agencies with the tools to fight cyber criminals and address potential attacks by intelligence agencies. Similarly, Western countries led by the United States and the United Kingdom point the finger at the aggressive activity of Russia and China in cyberspace.

The franchise of new DDoS threats in 2019

DDoS threats show an increasing diversification of attacker bots, which is the basis of the wide variety of attacks and protocols that threaten the network. At the same time, booter and stressor services allow multi-vector attacks to be launched in an extremely simple way, with costs and risks that are derisory. •Through current DDoS attacks there will be an increase in multivector attacks given by the exponential increase in ease of access • Strange • evidence. The largest attack ever recorded involved the mercached servers. The attack vector was made available on booters and stressors a few days away from the attack. In 2019, new attackers will provide their services to the highest bidder. And they will not just break down targets on demand at a small price, but will deliver DDoS tools into the hands of their customers so that they themselves do the job

Many of the booter and stressor services are offered through common commercial practices or using the SaaS model to sell monthly subscriptions for less than $50. Transactions are concluded through the use of cryptocurrencies, but also through legitimate sites such as PayPal, and profits are intended to finance future activities.

The strategic role of the IoT

The IoT surge forecast for 2019 will create an ideal ground for cybercrime, with disastrous implications for companies and consumers. • To understand the risks associated with the protection of the Internet of Things • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

The proliferation of connected devices will open the door to new species of exploits and malware intended to interact with IoT systems employed in industries, companies, SMEs and related homes. • The safety • concludes Foreigner • is further aggravated by the fact that manufacturers tend to ignore protocols during the manufacture of connected IoT Therefore, large quantities of products are shipped without the integration of essential security systems, thus leaving them exposed to countless threats.

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