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5 Major Cybersecurity Predictions for 2017
Cybersecurity poses one of the biggest issues for business leaders today.
In fact, between December 2015 and December 2016, 51 percent of adults suffered from some kind of security incident.
Due to the increasing prevalence of cybersecurity attacks, it is no longer prudent to take reactionary measures after a cyber attack has occurred.
Proactive steps must be taken in order to ensure security. Luckily, more and more businesses are coming to terms with this necessary reality.
Unfortunately, many organizations' proactive defense strategies have already been outgrown by the ever prevailing and rapidly evolving cyberattack community.
Thinking in the present isn't enough- businesses need to stay two steps ahead of cyber attackers at all times.
In order to do this, it is important to stay up to date with the latest cybersecurity predictions.
Let's take a look at the top 5 major cybersecurity predictions for 2017.
1. Mobile Attacks Will Continue to Grow
Attacks on mobile devices will not only grow in number but also in sophistication.
To stay one step ahead of the cybercrime industry, businesses and organizations must stay on top of protection updates and remain aware of their vulnerable points in regards to mobile assets.
2. Ransomware Will Grow
The prevalence of ransomware will expand and 2017, and will likely catch up to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
Expect both criminal and legitimate organizations to carry out these attacks with the aim of either influencing or silencing other organizations.
It is likely that ransomware attacks, as well as DDoS attacks, will prevail in cloud-based data centers as well.
Attacks of this kind are particularly threatening, as an attack on even a single organization has the capability of spreading to and disrupting many others.
3. Industrial IoT Will Become More Vulnerable
Power, water, and other utilities will become key targets for attackers looking to either for financial gain or to make a serious statement.
A study found that out of the 180,000 control systems spread across 71 countries that are accessible via the internet, 91 percent of these possess vulnerabilities that can be remotely exploited by hackers.
4. Passwords Will Be Replaced
Out with the old in with the new.
Instead of passwords, more advanced authentication technologies such as biometric scanning, facial recognition scanning, or authentication using one's own device will become the new norm for both digital content and physical buildings.
5. Security Will and Should Be Externalized
With the rapid expansion of cybercrime, it is no longer possible for small to mid-sized companies to take care of their own security operations.
We can expect to see more businesses turning to third-party for security protections. This will also, in turn, most definitely lead to a boom in cybersecurity jobs.
Cybersecurity Predictions Conclusion
Remember, cybersecurity predictions are not mere trends that can be taken lightly, they are essential pieces of information for protecting your business.
While cybersecurity may seem expensive, it comes at a fraction of the cost of getting hacked.
The average total cost of a data breach in the United States is 6.5 million dollars. Not to mention, the immeasurable costs of data loss, physical infrastructure damage, and reputational damage.
In today's world, 24/7 protection is necessary. Contact us today and we can discuss how we can help keep your website and your data safe.
Steve E. Driz, I.S.P., ITCP