- Internet of Things attacks
The boom in connected devices has created a larger attack surface for hackers. Smart devices are vulnerable to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) and ransomware attacks, and are consequently a prime target for cyber criminals. According to Gartner, by 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) will play a key role in over 25 per cent of all identified enterprise attacks.
- Evolving ransomware
New and increasingly sophisticated forms of ransomware continue to emerge. Ransomware is expected to be used to target not just IoT devices, but point of service systems and ATMs as well in 2017. Ransomware will also be used in carefully targeted phishing attacks. Trend Micro expects ransomware to witness a 25 per cent growth in 2017.
- Mobile security threats
According to Skycure, approximately 4 per cent of all mobile devices are corrupted with malware. Employees risk data breaches when they download unauthorised mobile apps onto devices that are connected to corporate networks. Given the increasing number of employees that access sensitive corporate data on their phones, mobile devices have become a key target for hackers.
- Political hacking
2017 is expected to witness an increase in state-sponsored cyber-attacks. States will likely continue to conduct cyberespionage, while indirectly encouraging hackers to spread propaganda and further their political agenda. We are also expected to see increased activity from ‘hacktivist’ groups such as Anonymous.
- Shortage of skilled employees
There is a distinct shortage of skilled IT personnel to cope with the growing number of cyber threats. As per a poll of 775 cyber security decision-makers conducted by McAfee, 82 per cent cited a lack of adequate cyber security skills, while 71 per cent believe that this shortage results in significant damage to enterprises.
6. Cloud security
While the cloud has frequently been denounced as an insecure method of storing data, 2017 could be the year that organisations migrate their data to the cloud as part of their security strategy. This year will likely see cloud security becoming a top priority, with businesses formulating rigid security guidelines to govern public and private cloud use.
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Sources: CSO from IDG, Network World, Information Age, Gartner, Computerworld UK, Small Business Trends