Ransomware, phishing & APTs: 10 cyber security predictions for 2016


Cyber security has rocketed up the agenda in 2015, with the C-Suite and boards, as well as consumers realising the threat is very real, and very serious. It’s only going to rise up further up the scale in 2016.

Here, 10 cyber security industry experts tell CBR what they expect to happen in the 12 months to come.

1. Ransomware becomes a core attack

Ransomware has becoming an increasing concern in 2015, and it’s not going to be going anywhere in 2016.

Raj Samani, CTO EMEA at Intel Security, said: “The trend for cybercriminals in 2016 will in part to focus on what already works (and pays) so we can expect ransomware to be a mainstay throughout the year and beyond. This is in part will be driven by the cybercrime ecosystem that not only provides the tools to carry out crime, but also will be supplying warehouses of stolen data for sale.

Whilst all of this sounds rather ominous, the good news is that 2016 will see the continuation of shared threat intelligence, and partnerships between industry and public sector to target digital threats and those behind such campaigns”

2. The threat from IoT increases

Cars, Barbies…all sorts of things are becoming web connected via IoT, and that gives hackers far greater scope for attack, and this will escalate in 2016.

David Emm from Kaspersky Labs said: “At some point, attackers will turn their attention to using IoT technologies. This could take the form of DoS attacks, i.e. causing a product to fail (e.g. cars), the theft of personal data – directly via a device, or by hacking a provider who collects such data, or the abuse of technology to mask other activities cameras.”

3. Firms forced to innovate and deploy new technologies

Greg Day, Chief Security Officer EMEA at Palo Alto, thinks that the evolving threat landscape is forcing firms to reassess how the deal with cybersecurity, but new EU regulations will also have an effect.

“In recent years we have seen considerable growth in the number of unique attacks. The outcome of this is that existing security techniques become less effective, forcing businesses to look for suitable alternatives to their older security technologies. The point to consider here is whether continuing to respond to security risk by doing the same thing or taking advantage of new technologies will deliver greater success.


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