Three CyberSecurity Trends to Watch for in 2017
Nearly every business in the world operates on the web in some form or fashion today, making the need for robust cybersecurity one of the biggest issues for any firm. Without great security in place to protect digital assets, businesses are left vulnerable to significant damage through online attacks. Fortunately, some of the smartest people in the world are consistently working to mitigate the threat that cyber-attacks pose to commerce.
As the calendar moves from 2016 into 2017, here are a few specific trends that you should be aware of with regard to the world of cybersecurity.
#1 – Ransomware Threat
One of the ways in which criminals attempt to profit from cyber-attacks is through the use of ransomware. This kind of crime is actually relatively simple – criminals take possession of your data, and demand payment in order to make it available to you once again – is dangerous because it can be costly and it can open up your organization to even more attacks. Anything that is of high value to a business in terms of digital assets should be thoroughly protected and duplicated in order to lessen the threat from ransomware attacks. If cyber criminals can only get one copy of your data, rather than the only copy, or if they can only access non-essential information, you will not be nearly as exposed to a big financial loss.
#2 – A Return to Human Influence
Yes, it is great to be able to automate much of the security process, as machines can monitor the safety of your servers with greater frequency than humans tasked with doing the same job. However, there are limits to what automated security solutions can do, which is why 2017 may see a trend toward a blend of automated and human-based security procedures. Talented cybersecurity professionals are more-able to separate out real threats from meaningless ‘noise’, so your company will be better protected in the end thanks to the use of human expertise.
#3 – It’s Not All Malware
Often, the majority of the focus with regard to cybersecurity is centered on the use of malware to break into a system. However, that is only one kind of threat in today’s high-tech world, and some of other threats are just as damaging. For instance, there has been a recent rise in credential theft, and that rise just may continue on into 2017. Credential theft is just as it sounds, as a criminal will find a way to obtain a username and password from someone who has access to a network, and they will then use those credentials for illegal gain. One of the best ways to guard against credential theft is to simply train employees and others with credentials for your network to spot things like phishing emails and other attempts to steal classified data.
No company wants to be the victim of a cybersecurity attack, yet such an attack is almost certain to occur at some point. By being prepared with thorough security measures, and by keeping up to date with the latest trends, it is possible to minimize the possibility of your company being severely damaged by this kind of crime.
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