2019 Threat Predictions

Please join McAfee leading researchers from McAfee Labs and Office of the CTO as they share threat landscape predictions for 2019. As our dependency on technology has become ubiquitous, breaches are no longer limited to a specific platform or device. Everything is connected and everything is a target for attack. In this webcast, Raj Samani, Steve Povolny, and John Fokker offer their views on how the threat landscape will evolve in 2019.

They will discuss the following key trends to watch in 2019:
  • Mobile phones will become the next vector for home IoT attacks
  • Criminal underground will consolidate, creating more partnerships to fuel cybercrime
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) will aid cybercriminal evasion techniques
  • Misinformation campaigns will target wider audiences—such as individual companies—in a new hunting ground for malicious actors
  • Increased use of multifaced or synergistic attacks will cause confusion and hide ultimate attack goals
  • The cloud and data-rich identity platforms (Facebook, Google) will become the primary battlegrounds for data breaches


Raj Samani

Chief Scientist & McAfee Fellow, McAfee

Raj Samani is Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow for cybersecurity firm McAfee. He has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases, and is a special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre in The Hague. Samani has been recognized for his contribution to the computer security industry through numerous awards, including the Infosecurity Europe hall of Fame, Peter Szor award, and Intel Achievement Award, among others. He is the coauthor of the book "Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid" and the "CSA Guide to Cloud Computing," as well as technical editor for numerous other publications. He can be found on twitter @Raj_Samani.

Steve Povolny

Head of Advanced Threat Research

Steve Povolny serves as the Head of Advanced Threat Research within McAfee. Steve started his career working in network security at Target Corporation, where he developed his first passion for all things security, leading penetration testing and internal forensics. After several years, he transitioned to TippingPoint, now a division of Trend Micro, and spent several years as a security researcher, learning a combination of offensive and defensive security. Steve discovered his true passion was developing and leading world-class teams of highly capable and uniquely innovative security researchers - he brings that passion to McAfee along with his vision for ATR as one of the world's most trusted and capable security research organizations.

John Fokker

Head of Cyber Investigations

ohn Fokker is Head of Cyber Investigations for McAfee Advanced Threat Research. Prior to joining McAfee, he worked at the National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU), the Dutch national police unit dedicated to investigating advanced forms of cybercrime. Within NHTCU he led the data science group, which focused on threat intelligence research. During his career he has supervised numerous large-scale cybercrime investigations and takedowns. Fokker is also one of the cofounders of the NoMoreRansom Project. He started his career with the Netherlands Police Agency as a digital forensics investigator within a task force against organized crime. Before joining the national police, he served in the special operations and counterterrorism group of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps. Twitter: @john_fokker.