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Published: 5/24/2024

Top 5 Cybersecurity Trends for 2024

by GRC Team

Discover the latest trends shaping the cybersecurity landscape and how they impact CMS and beyond.


The cybersecurity field is ever-evolving, with new threats and technologies emerging constantly. Staying informed about these trends is crucial for protecting our systems and data at CMS.

What is the News?

In this post, we'll explore the top 5 emerging trends in cybersecurity that are transforming how we defend against cyber threats. Understanding these trends will help you stay ahead in the rapidly changing digital security landscape.

Why is this Important? 

These trends highlight the advancements and challenges in cybersecurity, offering insights into how we can better secure our information and systems. It's essential for everyone at CMS, from newcomers to seasoned professionals, to be aware of these developments in order to maintain robust security practices.

Top 5 Emerging Trends

  1. Blockchain Technology: Originally known for its role in cryptocurrency, blockchain technology is now being recognized for its potential in enhancing cybersecurity. Blockchain’s decentralized nature and cryptographic security make it highly resistant to tampering and fraud. For CMS, adopting blockchain can improve the security and transparency of data transactions, ensuring that records are immutable and verifiable.
  2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML): AI and ML are transforming cybersecurity by enabling faster and more accurate threat detection. These technologies analyze massive amounts of data to identify unusual patterns and behaviors that may indicate a security threat. For CMS, implementing AI and ML can significantly enhance our ability to detect and respond to threats in real-time, reducing the window of opportunity for attackers or even automate redundant tasks associated with the NIST Risk Management Framework.
  3. Extended Detection and Response (XDR): XDR provides a comprehensive approach to threat detection and response by integrating data from multiple security products into a single system. This integration allows for a more holistic view of potential threats, making it easier to identify and mitigate risks. For CMS, adopting XDR means improved incident response capabilities and a more coordinated defense strategy.
  4. Cloud Security: With the shift towards cloud services, ensuring the security of cloud environments is critical. This includes robust identity and access management, encryption, and continuous monitoring. As CMS increasingly relies on cloud-based applications and data storage, implementing strong cloud security practices will protect sensitive information from potential breaches.
  5. Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (PETs): With data privacy concerns on the rise, PETs offer innovative solutions to protect personal information while still allowing for data analysis and use. Technologies like homomorphic encryption and differential privacy enable data to be processed in encrypted form, ensuring privacy. For CMS, adopting PETs can enhance our ability to comply with privacy regulations and protect patient data.

What Should People Do Next?

  • Explore Blockchain Applications: Look into how blockchain technology can be applied to secure data transactions and ensure the integrity of records within your department. Pilot projects can help assess its potential benefits.
  • Leverage AI and ML Tools: Explore AI and ML solutions available in the market. Integrate these tools into your existing security infrastructure to improve threat detection and response times.
  • Implement XDR Solutions: Assess your current security tools and consider integrating them through an XDR platform to gain a unified view of your security posture. This will enhance coordination and efficiency in responding to incidents.
  • Strengthen Cloud Security Measures: Review your cloud security policies and ensure best practices are followed. This includes proper configuration management, regular audits, and implementing advanced security controls like identity and access management (IAM) and encryption.
  • Explore Privacy-Enhancing Technologies: Investigate PETs that can be integrated into your data processing workflows. Implement these technologies to enhance privacy protections without compromising data utility.


For any questions or further discussion on these emerging trends, please reach out to the GRC team via email at

About the Author: Tim Tipton is a seasoned Cybersecurity Engineer on the GRC team at CMS. With a rich background as an Air Force veteran and former CISO in both the DoD and private sector, Tim brings extensive expertise to his role. He also played a pivotal role in establishing the first Fusion Center in Puerto Rico, enhancing regional security coordination.

About the publisher:

Governance, Risk, and Compliance at CMS is a framework made up of programs, processes, and tools designed to identify and mitigate security and privacy risks to FISMA systems. The GRC Team works across all ISPG programs to modernize and streamline our overall approach to proactive system security.