Friday 11 March 2016

5 Major Cyber Security Trends For 2016

5 Major Cyber Security Trends For 2016

5 Major Cyber Security Trends For 2016

Whatever the predictions about Cyber Security trends that were made for the year 2015, were all proven correct. So, for this year also, the predictions about cyber security trends that are provided by them appear to be correct. Only with right resolutions, you can change your chances of falling prey to cyber criminals. 

The five Cyber Security major trends on which you have to take a look prior to the update of your InfoSec plans for 2016.

Cloud Services:

The services that reside in the cloud, IT departments can lose oversight and control, if we use them more and more. If anyone bypassing IT security protocols and systems in the process then it would be very dangerous. So, make sure that your IT department has full visibility.

Always test your third-party vendors and ensure that you verify by yourself, don't take it on trust.


In the previous and this year also, we have encountered so many attacks that were based on Ransomware. So, nowadays the impact of ransomware is growing drastically. By recent CyrptoWall v3 threat have cost hundreds of thousands of users worldwide more than $325 million, according to the Cyber Threat Alliance. By using this kind of attack, attacker can easily encrypt important files, they can also render data inaccessible until or unless you pay the amount of ransom demanded. This kind of attack always works because it is the easiest way for many individuals and businesses to get their data back is just to pay the ransom.

For mitigating the effect of ransomware threat you can also opt for the following:
  • By robust backup routine.
  • By a bit of forethought.
  • Better education and real-time security protection.

Spear Phishing:

Many ways are used by the Cybercriminals to gain access to the data from the target system, some of them are easy to implement and some are quite difficult. Usually instead of writing the piece of difficult code cybercriminals are tricking the person by handing over the keys. Phishing is the technique to gain access to the target system. In Phishing techniques, it looks as an official messages and websites, or communications that apparently come from trusted sources. To mitigate the dangers of this kind of threat, you have to do the following:
  • Real-time monitoring and scanning systems.
  • Protective blocking capabilities.

Known Vulnerabilities:

Those vulnerabilities that are publically known are considered as the biggest threats for IT departments. In 2015, 44% of 2014 breaches came from vulnerabilities that are many years old which were founded by the HP's Cyber Risk Report. So, to ensure that this kind of vulnerabilities will not happen again, you have to patch the software regularly and expertise is required to avoid common mis configurations.

The Internet of Things:

Because of the new wave of mobile and wearable electronic devices, a new potential is offering inroad for a cybercriminal. It becomes so challenging to maintain a clear view of data flow because of the increase in connectivity into every corner of our lives. As many exciting business opportunities have been provided by the IoT but the security is of utmost importance.

In order to protect the data:
  • Your sensitive data should be encrypted.
  • Oversight is needed.
  • Access must be restricted.
  • Manage and block access to enterprise devices and networks when necessary.

For enjoying the success in 2016, make sure that Cyber Security trends on your radar.


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