Top 5 IT Security Trends in 2017

IoT complexity to lead towards security vulnerability

As per Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI), it is predicted that there will be around 26 billion IP network-connected devices by 2020. With Internet of Things (IoT) reaching the levels of enterprise networks, government systems and general user’s handsets at such a large scale, security vulnerability will continue to plague these connected devices. Due to complexity in protocols and standards, absence of skilled resources to manage IoT environment, low-quality products with vulnerable security measures, and intricate architectures, IoT devices have already been under attacks from hackers, which is predicted to get worse in 2017. In fact, organizations are still not equipped enough to review even their popular apps for malware, which is resulting into DDoS attacks, and even leading to providing an entry point into the networks of enterprises for APTs and ransomware.

The way forward: The battle will be won by those who will be able to secure their IoT devices with customized solutions.

Cloud-security to gain prominence

Cloud security breaches have kept many organizations from embracing cloud computing for long. However, this year may see a reverse pattern with cloud-security expected to gain prominence in the IT ecosystem. Cloud security certifications such as Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK),

Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA), and Certified Cloud Security Practitioner (CCSP) are providing a sense of refuge to organizations planning to join the cloud computing bandwagon. Further, the industry in general is being seen to share best practices and advices on how to embark on integrating cloud in a secure manner. With organizations gaining confidence in deploying cloud, just as their on-premises solutions, it is expected that cloud adoption may increase in the coming year. However, the rate of acceleration would depend entirely on strengthening the security practices in the cloud and curbing cloud security breaches.

The way forward: Investing in Cloud Security-as-a-Service would make sense for enterprises as it will help in minimizing security breaches, while cutting cost to buy and maintain firewalls.

Ransomware and malware everywhere

Malware attacks have become sophisticated over the years as they continue to transform, going beyond the defenses offered by most antivirus products and security vendors. As businesses are seen to adopt telecommuting, introduce wearables and connect dispersed workforce through IoT-enabled devices, attackers are also expected to use technology to gain access to the enterprise networks through employees’ devices and hack the system. Mobile malware could be one of the leading issues in 2017 that the enterprises would have to tackle in a proactive manner. In fact, mobile data breach may cost an enterprise around USD 26 million, as per a study by Lookout, a mobile security company, and Ponemon Institute, an independent research company focused on privacy, data protection, and information security. Also, with proliferation of 4G and 5G services and increase in Internet bandwidth, mobile devices may witness higher vulnerability to DDoS attacks.

Along with malware, ransomware will also continue to evolve in the coming year. Ransomware attacks on cloud and critical servers may witness an increase, as the hackers would hold the organizations on tenterhooks to part with the extortion amount or face the risk of shutting down of an entire operation. However, such payouts may not even guarantee enterprises the future safety of their data or even the recovery of their current data.

The way forward: Stop being held at ransom. Secure your devices and servers with customized security solutions.

Automation to circumvent skill gap

Finding skilled IT resources will continue to be a major issue for the industry, and with it, newer methods to bridge this gap are also expected to surface. One of the major trends predicted this year would be using automation to perform certain duties, especially those which are repetitive or redundant. This would help IT professionals in focusing on important tasks at hand and enterprises gain maximum utilization of their manpower.

The way forward: Implementation of the right automation solution will assist IT professionals to gain instant access to any malicious threats instead of manually scouting for breaches.


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