BlackHawk Data’s Top Ten Security Trends for 2020

Updated: Feb 13



The idiom “Hindsight is 20/20” reminds us that it's easy to know the right thing to do after something has happened, but it's hard to predict the future. This is especially significant when it comes to security trends that could blindside your business.


BlackHawk Data reviewed what industry experts are saying about security in 2020 and beyond, and have developed a list of 10 things you should keep an eye on—new technologies, managed security services, infrastructure safeguards, mobility—for a more secure future.


  1. SHIELD Act March 21 More than just implementing new safeguards, the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act broadens the definition of a breach and notification requirements.

  2. Attacks Using AI Machine learning and artificial intelligence have been touted as key technologies to enhancing the customer experience and driving efficiency. Unfortunately, the benefits of AI are also helping hackers to optimize their phishing attacks.

  3. 5G Security Pitfalls 2020 is the year of 5G, but carriers have spent more time on getting to market than they have on amplifying 5G’s security capabilities, leaving users more vulnerable.

  4. Windows 7 Sunset As of January 14, Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft. This means that if you’re still using Windows 7, you’re more vulnerable than ever.

  5. Ransomware Escalation Cybergangs have discovered that smaller ransomware attacks on SMBs can mean big dollars. In addition to paying the ransom for their hostage files, companies are open for repeat attacks.

  6. Mobility Vulnerabilities Malicious apps, lack of mobile security, and less-than-stringent employee practices open the door for cybercriminals to get into your network through your employee’s personal devices.

  7. Cloud Challenge Though moving to the cloud makes attacks harder to carry out, criminals are rising to the challenge with more sophisticated attacks and bigger payouts.

  8. Weakest Link The weakest link when it comes to your business’ security are your employees—whether it’s direct attacks carried out by coerced or disgruntled insiders, ex-employees exploiting vulnerable loose ends, or employees that just don’t know better or understand security.

  9. Cybersecurity Professionals As attacks become more sophisticated, overworked cybersecurity professionals are finding it harder to catch up, much less get ahead of attacks.

  10. Managed Security Services Organizations of all sizes, in every industry are turning to Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) to help them safeguard their assets, data, and overall business.

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