With 2016 right around the corner, there are few cybersecurity predictions.
Richard Greene, CEO, Seculert on 2016 security trends :
- Prediction will emerge as the new holy grail of security. Up until 2014, the cybersecurity industry considered prevention to be their sole objective. Sophisticated enterprises then began to complement their prevention strategies with detection technologies to get the visibility on their infrastructure they lacked. In 2016, prevention will emerge as a new priority with machine learning becoming a key tool for organizations that want to anticipate where hackers will strike.
- The adversary is getting smarter. Common cyber criminals will no longer be the most common threat. Sophisticated criminal gangs with modern organizational models and tools will emerge as the primary threat. Besides being well funded these attackers have the luxury of time on their side, so they’re able to develop more advanced techniques not yet anticipated by the cyber-defense community.
- Global governments have also come to realize they must have both cyber-defense and cyber-offense capabilities. Public sector hackers will rarely attempt the kind of attack we saw in Ukraine this year, but we can expect a growing number of state v. state reconnaissance attacks as cyber “armies” research the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents.
- Money is no longer the sole motivator. Rather than hacking for just for financial gain, in 2016 we’ll see cybercriminals infiltrate to cause physical damage. Hacktavist groups have already proven they are not motivated by money, but rather by a cause. When money is no longer the motivator, infrastructures, priceless artifacts and more are put at risk.
- Enterprises will be more vulnerable than ever as the Internet of Things expands the attack surface. Anything that is connected to the Internet can be an attack surface. It’s just a matter of time before you discover the Fitbit on your wrist or the thermostat connected to your WiFi can be used as the starting point to penetrate corporate and government networks.
- The CISO of the Future will have a new and expanding role. Their responsibilities will shift from managing tedious work cycles on uncovering, analyzing and reporting threats, to an elevated role where they must think proactively and strategically to ensure the greater enterprise can achieve its strategic goals.