Cybersecurity Trends 2020

Seven Cybersecurity Trends for 2020 by world-leading professionals. New thinking on cybersecurity and privacy in a world where digital transformation beckons. 


The developments in the area of Cybersecurity are alarming. As the number of smart devices in private households increase, so do the opportunities for cyber criminals to attack. Uncontrolled access to personal data undermines confidence in the digital society.

The logistics industry and private vehicles are increasingly being targeted by hackers. TÜV Rheinland’s Cybersecurity experts view these trends as critical to understand in 2020. "From our point of view, it is particularly serious that cybercrime is increasingly affecting our personal security and the stability of society as a whole," explains Petr Láhner, Business Executive Vice President for the business stream Industry Service & Cybersecurity at TÜV Rheinland. "One of the reasons for this is that digital systems are finding their way into more and more areas of our daily lives. Digitalization offers many advantages - but it is important that these systems and thus the people are safe from attacks."

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Welcome Note

Executive Summary

Trend 1: The unregulated mining of personal data risks destabilizing digital society

Trend 2: Smart supply chains will be targeted by hackers, rendering them ‘dumb’

Trend 3: Smart consumer devices are multiplying faster than they can be secured

Trend 4: Threats to the shipping Industry have moved from theory to reality

Trend 5: Real-time operating systems superflaws risk creating a post-patching era

Trend 6: ‘Bring Your Own Medical Device’ is an Internet health crisis in the making

Trend 7: Vehicles and transport infrastructure are a new candidate for cyberattack