High-profile cyber breaches has been less common in recent months. Is it the frequency that has changed or the announcement of the event? Tech Crunch brought this news to our attention in their article, “Cyber breaches abound in 2019.”

Recently Marriott International/Starwood was the victim of the multi-year theft of personal information on up to 500 million customers. This cyber news rivaled the hacks against Yahoo in 2013 and 2014.

What does this mean for 2019?

Cyber breaches have been a gigantic thorn in the global economy for years. But industry professionals expect them to be even more rampant in the new year as rapidly improving malware will be deployed more aggressively and on more fronts.

Add to that companies are increasingly pursuing digitization to drive efficiency, reduce costs and build data-driven businesses. This unfortunately also moves them into line of sight of nefarious cyber criminals. And for a perfect trifecta, machine learning and artificial intelligence are being used as tools for hackers.

Melody K. Smith

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