The Check Point Cyber ​​Security Research Center published its forecast for the cyber security landscape in 2020 by looking at security developments over the past two years.

The following are the key security trends that we expect to see during 2020:

New electronic cold war:
The new Cold War is becoming more intense, speaking online as Western and Eastern powers increasingly separate their technologies.

The ongoing trade war between the US and China and the separation of large economies are a clear sign, and cyber attacks will increasingly be used as proxy conflicts between smaller states with funding and empowerment from major powers looking to strengthen and expand their spheres of influence, as evidenced in recent cyber operations against Iran following attacks on oil facilities. in KSA.

The ongoing trade war between the US and China and the separation of large economies are a clear sign of the Cold War (Getty Images)

Fake news in US 2020 elections:
The U.S. elections in 2016 saw the beginning of artificial intelligence-based fake news. Political opponents have made tremendous progress in creating special teams that have created and published false stories to undermine support for their opponents.

We can expect to see these activities in the run-up to the 2020 elections, and it is certain that outside groups are already implementing plans to try to address voters illegally.

Continued cyber attacks on vital facilities and infrastructure:
Utilities remain a target of cyberattacks, as evidenced by attacks on utility companies in South Africa this year.

The basic power and water distribution infrastructure uses an outdated technology and is therefore vulnerable to remote exploitation because its modernization threatens interruption of service.

Countries will therefore need to consider radically strengthening electronic defenses around their critical infrastructure.

Countries will need to consider drastically strengthening electronic defenses around their vital infrastructure (Getty Images)

Notable US Brands:
As tensions between the United States and Iran continue to rise, we will see an increase in cyberattacks targeting prominent US companies.

The attacks will focus on disrupting Internet-based services that customers and employees rely on.

These attacks will focus on disrupting Internet-based services on which corporate clients and employees rely (Getty Images)

Increased pressure to weaken privacy systems:
With the application of the new privacy laws, it became clear that most institutions, regardless of size or sector, are not prepared to deal with them effectively.

Large corporations will accelerate their lobbying efforts, demanding governments to weaken privacy regulations, especially those covering rapid disclosure of violations and the amount of fines, such as a $ 228 million fine against British Airways following its breach in 2018.

Big companies will accelerate lobbying efforts to demand that governments weaken privacy regulations (Getty Images)