Top 5 IT Security Trends In 2017
‘Tis the season for business owners to think about upcoming security threats in the New Year. With 2016 coming to a close, many companies are looking ahead to the security trends that will drive IT in 2017. And as businesses, both big and small, continue to see a rise in data breaches, it’s vital to take the necessary precautions and find new ways to protect your business against the growing number of cyberattacks. Here are the top 5 IT security trends you’ll need to brace yourself for in 2017 and beyond.
1. Ransomware Increases
Ransomware has shot through the roof in 2016 and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. So it probably comes as no shock to expect more of the same in the New Year. To make matters even worse, the emerging new families of ransomware will demonstrate new capabilities for both extortion and publication of sensitive data if demands aren’t met. Armed with this new and improved (and highly profitable) malware, cybercriminals will be able to cast an even larger net, hitting a greater number of organizations, raking in millions more in ransom money.
2. Internet of Things Vulnerabilities
The term “Internet of Things” (IoT) is a growing buzzword that will be gaining even more traction in 2017—and for good reason. More and more people are using personal devices for business purposes. And as that number continues to climb, so do the number of cybercriminals looking for weaknesses in connected IoT devices. Once vulnerabilities are exposed and data is compromised, it’s only a matter of time before hackers target your networks and hit your company where it hurts the most.
3. Business Email Scams
Corporate email scams are another growing concern for many business owners. Criminals will not only hack into email accounts, but also try to trick employees into divulging private information, including social insurance numbers, user IDs, passwords, and credit card numbers. Looking to reduce your risk of data leaks in 2017, ensure your staff doesn’t respond to any suspicious emails or open any shady links.
4. Cloud Computing Hacks
More and more businesses are moving to the cloud to help streamline operations and reduce costs. With the growing level of sophisticated cybercriminals, it won’t be long before thieves figure out how to take down major cloud providers. As attacks on cloud platforms potentially become more common, your precious data will be out in the open, putting your business at serious risk.
5. Mobile Device Attacks
Mobile usage has skyrocketed in recent years. As a result, thieves are relentlessly on the lookout for new and innovative methods to successfully hack into smart phones. Many experts believe that 2017 will see a rise in attacks on mobile devices. And if those devices are connected to your business network, your organization could be exposed to a host of cyber threats and data theft.
Worried that your business is not ready for the next onslaught of security threats in 2017? Safe Harbour is your IT solution to ensure your business data is protected all year long.
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