What Will the Biggest Cybersecurity Risk Be in 2019?

The cybersecurity risk landscape is constantly evolving, and regulations like GDPR are making it even more crucial for organizations to protect their customers' and users' privacy. By failing to implement adequate security protections, companies risk not only the loss of sensitive data, but damage to their reputations as well as regulatory penalties and fines. From ransomware attacks to insider threats, businesses face threats from every conceivable angle, making comprehensive, fool-proof cybersecurity protection an increasingly difficult feat.

As we look to the start of a new year, it's a great time to examine the cybersecurity risk landscape to prepare your defense for the coming year. To find out what threats are looming largest on the horizon, we reached out to a panel of cybersecurity experts and infosec pros and asked them to answer this question:

"What will the biggest cybersecurity risk be in 2019?"

 Avani Desai, the President of Schellman & Company, Inc., a global independent security and privacy compliance assessor, gives her response:

"I believe the biggest risk will be the lack of talent that..."

Understands, and is educated on, technology. We are currently in an environment that most business groups, such as HR, Compliance, Legal, need to also be technologists or at least understand technology and how to mitigate risk. If we do not have the talent force to safeguard our data in technology such as IoT, blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other emerging technologies, we are going to see a risk of breaches and loss of data. Technology is outpacing current regulations and compliance frameworks, so we need to make sure developers and manufactures that the onus on themselves for the good of the consumer.

Read additional responses by cybersecurity experts at Digital Guardian


About the Author

Avani Desai

Avani Desai is the President at Schellman. Avani has more than 15 years of experience in IT attestation, risk management, compliance and privacy. Avani’s primary focus is on emerging healthcare issues and privacy concerns for organizations. Named as one of the 2017 Global Leaders in Consulting by Consulting Magazine she has also been featured and published in the ISSA Journal, ITSP Magazine, ISACA Journal, Information Security Buzz, Healthcare Tech Outlook, and many more. Avani also sits on the board of Catalist, a not for profit that empowers women by supporting the creation, development and expansion of collective giving through informed grantmaking. In addition, she is co-chair of 100 Women Strong, a female only venture philanthropic fund to solve problems related to women and children in the community.

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