Every year cybersecurity threats become more dangerous and sophisticated. The past year has shown that no one is safe; healthcare organizations, financial institutions, entertainment groups, and even government agencies reported significant data breaches and attacks. This year will undoubtedly see a variety of new threats aimed towards both small businesses and larger organizations. Here are a few of the major threats that can be expected in the coming year.
Rogue It Remains an Increasingly Prevalent Threat
The past few years have found rogue IT an increasingly persistent threat to data security. Rogue IT occurs when employees attempt to self-service their IT needs without either the help or input of the IT department. This leads to the widespread use of unauthorized third-party applications or devices which can represent a significant security risk. To avoid rogue IT, IT departments must both increase their own responsiveness and lock their network and attack surfaces down so that rogue IT can have less of an impact. Rogue IT generally only occurs in a widespread fashion when a company is not able to meet the operational needs of its employees.
Mobile Device Intrusion Becomes More Commonplace
Mobile devices are quickly becoming a more advanced threat. Modern services can become compromised, therefore also compromising any accounts or networks that they are attached to. More pressingly, mobile devices can also be used to launch attacks against other systems. Mobile devices management solutions are necessary to isolate mobile devices away from the network, thereby reducing the chance that the mobile device may intrude upon an organization's data.
Ransomware Continues to Run Rampant
Ransomware is a malicious program that either locks a device or encrypts data until the ransom is paid by the owner of the information. Consequently, ransomware is being targeted primarily towards business owners who need their data to operate and can't always spend the time to recover their data after an attack. Backups and secured networks are necessary to defeat these ransomware attacks, which operate primarily by banking on the target not having other copies of their data. Ransomware also targets consumer devices such as smartphone and occasionally masquerades as a government fine or fee.
Cybersecurity experts are likely to find 2016 a challenge as cyber criminals continue to find new ways to procure information and to hide their tracks. For more information about the emerging cybersecurity threats coming in 2016, contact the expert specialists at CWPS.