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5 Cyber Security Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

IT company south west london cyber security 2017.jpgIt is a hot topic that continues to stay ‘hot’ and a growing issue for businesses worldwide: cyber security. But can we expect to see the same issues next year that we saw this year?  Here we look at the cyber security trends that are likely to become more prominent in 2017 and beyond.

1)      The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next Trojan

The Internet of Things involves bringing household and other devices together via the internet so that they can talk to us, applications and each other.  The problem is IoT devices bring vulnerability to the network they are connected to, and hackers take (and will continue to take) advantage of this.

IoT-driven attacks have been common in cars and homes, but businesses will have an increasing problem with IoT security too, as all devices from thermostats to security cameras are integrated onto a company’s internal network.

One of the challenges with IoT devices is that by default, they are open and available to the Internet and come protected with default passwords. While convenient for users, it is a nightmare for corporate security. In fact, hackers can integrate malware into networks through IoT devices as easily as they could through Windows.

2)      Increased regulations

As cyber security, breaches and attacks increase, there will be more standard security controls and practices for enterprises to integrate into their protection strategy.

In the private sector, the demand for cyber insurance will peak in 2017. Since insurance companies are seeking for measures to decrease risk they will start looking at best practices and make those who don’t implement them pay higher premiums or even deny insurance.

3)      More automation

There will be more automation of security enforcement for prevention, and increased machine learning for detection, as well as response. As IT Managers, CTO’s and CSO’s see an increase in security compliance issues, software updates, breaches and more, it will become even more clear that employees aren’t prepared to handle these new security developments in a rapid response way.

As such, in 2017, there will be more automation technology coming into play to help automatically enforce software updates, compliance changes, allowing instant detection of breaches and automatic responses.

4)      Increase in nationwide terror attacks

Terror is moving towards the cyber world.  And while these attacks might not cause physical damage, they will have a profound impact on our daily lives.  Imagine traffic lights out, internet connections down, power supplies tampered with, etc.

These sentiments were echoed by Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, in a speech he gave this month on the grave threats cyber attacks pose.

5)      Attacks on public figures

This is not a new cyber threat but it is one we expect to see more of next year: hackers finding and circulating embarrassing photos, tax documents, and other private information on public figures.

But fear not!  As frightening as cyber threats are, and will be next year, advances in security technology and best practices for business IT will hopefully mitigate many of them. Awareness and preparedness is crucial  however, and all businesses need to do what they can to avoid the worst.

 


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Ben Anin-Boateng

Ben is BTA's Technical Services Manager.