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Cybersecurity in 2018: Expect GDPR fines, more breaches and an AI arms race

In 2018, regulation will force organisations across the world to pay close attention to their cybersecurity capabilities and data protection, with major penalties planned for those that fail to comply.

With 2018 fast approaching, here we are at the end of a tumultuous year in the world of cybersecurity. Attacks have been launched on infrastructure and democracy, mainstream media attention has been snatched and billions of sets of data have been plundered.

Ransomware has played a major role in the 2017 devastation, a classic form of attack that has gained new formidability on the back of the rising value and prominence of bitcoin. WannaCry and NotPetya stand as the year's most notorious examples.

In May the shockwaves of WannaCry reverberated around the world and left major organisations forced to pull the plug to halt the vicious onslaught. But perhaps the deepest wound was dealt in the UK as the National Health Service became riddled with the attack and was reduced to pen and paper.

While the effects of WannaCry were still fresh in our minds, NotPetya reared its head and posed a more sophisticated threat to the world. Major organisations were hit by the attack, thought to have possibly been designed for disruptive attacks on Ukranian infrastructure.

Giants like the shipping company, Maersk, felt the impact of the infamous strain.

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