The New Year has brought an increased amount of challenges for cybersecurity and it seems that current trends seem to exploit new opportunities in the networks and applications. The government’s current move for the cybersecurity is still under the rocky part wherein the government shut down has affected many of the solutions. Will the US government be ready for the challenges that might come in from the hacker groups and enemy countries? In 2018, we saw an increased number of attacks not only on US enterprises but also towards the federal and state government organizations. Some of the most famous cyber-attacks of 2018 were the disinformation campaign that was carried out by the Iranian state media during the year 2018 midterm elections. Other government entities were also targeted with phishing attacks to gather potential security information and also financial information potential harming the US treasury department.

One of the most recent types of attacks that have emerged is the Phobos ransomware. It encrypts the data on a given system or server and then asks for a certain amount. The popularity of the malware increased in 2018 and In 2019, we will be seeing an increased strain on the cybersecurity experts to crack such attacks. The recent global outbreak of WannaCry promoted unprecedented method being implemented by the organization to avoid such type of attacks. Recently countries such as Russia and China have apprised the law that will permit the government to seize any of the records from the businesses in the cause of national security.

Though recent cyber threats and exploitation of user data have made the government of various states turn towards the regulations and levy hefty fines to prevent such attacks.