Ever wish you could see into the future? Sure you have. We can. You will be hacked this year. Your servers will be compromised, and your personal and proprietary information posted for all to see. Fact. And we don’t even need a crystal ball to tell you so.
Below are some of our predictions into the dark world of cyber security for 2017:
Cyber attack methods to watch out for:
• Phishing – Always popular and getting more sophisticated. This is when you click on dodgy yet legitimate-looking links in emails, and you are prompted to input personal information. It’s tempting. Don’t click it!
• Ransomware – where cyber crooks lock you out of your network and hold access to your data for a ransom that usually takes the form of Bitcoin payments. This threat tech will evolve and we may start to see “viral” ransomware attacks. Gone are the sniper-rifles, enter the age of the shotgun approach
• IoT Manipulation – “Dumb” devices will continue to be hijacked and transformed into botnets, capable of crashing large-scale server infrastructure. DDOS attacks will continue to target platform providers, and government systems
Key targeted industries:
As hack groups start to formalize their socio-political agendas, we’ll start to see much more attacks on political leaders and institutions under the guise of “Hacktivism”. Enter the age of cyber propaganda. Just look at the group Anonymous declaring war on ISIS.
This is a fast growing industry, and although benefitting from loads of cash being invested into security tech, the promise of windfall returns is just too great for money-grabbing cyber crim’s to ignore. Ransomware will continue to be the tool of choice to expropriate capital from this sector. The smaller players should be extra vigilant in securing their networks and educating staff on good email practice, and other “conscious” online behavior.
Access to basic, affordable healthcare is still a privilege of the few, especially in South Africa. These institutions and networks also hold massive data pools that are valuable to malevolent parties out there. More importantly, most of this data lives on legacy networks that have multiple integrations with peripheral systems, such as medical aid providers and other financial institutions. This broadens the risk of exploitation, even for more sophisticated networks.
The October 2016 Dyn DDOS attack set new records. Security strategy will need to adjust to incorporate “dumb” devices online. At 10dot, we are working closely with local IoT thought leaders in order to build security tech specifically designed for the IoT movement – More on this later in the year.
Where will people put their cash in 2017?
There is an ongoing debate around prevention vs. predictive analysis and response. This may be slowly gaining traction in 1st-world markets, but locally, our adoption of next-generation technology remains slightly subdued due to our maturity phase. The Fintech vertical will likely drive this adoption going forward.
Locally, we forecast that “good ol’ fashioned” perimeter prevention tech like firewalls will continue to sell well. This is trusted technology with broad product streams, and is comfortable to consume. International, post-industrialized markets will start to drive uptake of fully outsourced, managed services. Semi-industrialized markets will likely adopt a similar strategy to our own – Prevention, semi-managed, with granular visibility and control.
A mobile workforce is an entrenched business driver in this day and age. Lookout for uptake in sandboxing and end-point technology, and other network segmentation tech, that is geared to enhance the security of a mobile workforce and ever-widening corporate network.
Managed services will continue to enjoy 50% of overall investment in cyber security tech worldwide. This is due to scarcity and cost of cyber security skills, and companies needing to run leaner outfits in order to remain competitive. Outsourcing will continue to deliver a robust value proposition to a stifled and cost-sensitive market.
Our forecast for the cyber threat landscape 2017 includes continued exploits through phishing, ransomware, hacktivism, and data breaches through shared server compromise.
Our advice is to employ the advice of experts to craft a cyber security strategy, and help you plug the gaps. Frequently update your firmware, and other anti-malware programmes, and most importantly… educate your people.
We don’t feel like wagging fingers at you. Don’t let us say, “We told you so”. Lock up and grow your business this year with 10dot Cloud Security.