Serious Cybersecurity Challenges Ahead in 2016
Blog Article Published: 01/28/2016
By Phillip Marshall, Director of Product Marketing, Cryptzone By now you’ll have settled into the New Year, looking ahead at what’s to come as we move swiftly through January. However, there are numerous unsettling predictions that mean 2016 is a year of many serious cybersecurity challenges – from new types of hacks, skills shortages to increased insider threats. We’ve rounded up a number of 2016 predictions from industry experts and vendors that every organization regardless of size should pay close attention to and put together a strategy to address.
- Increased Need to Restrict Access and Secure Content: Dark Reading presented our first noteworthy prediction. “Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) will become the new “it” girl of security, not only in enterprises with healthy security budgets, but in data-driven startups where housing sensitive information is core to their business,” say Tim Chen, CEO, and Bruce Roberts, CTO of DomainTools.
- Security is becoming a Shared Responsibility: TechCityNews offered our next prediction of merit which expands on who is responsible for cybersecurity. “Demand for security products has grown, and is only set to grow further; and responsibility for security is now held in more parts of any organization. In other words, people other than the security analyst and the chief information security officer, who have traditionally been the users of security tools, are being made responsible for making sure private information and intellectual property is secure. The responsibility lies with both the C-suite, as share price is directly impacted by a breach, as well as with the developer, who has to ship safe code and include security features on products as they are built.”
- Insider Threats to Increase: Insider Threats Abound – lock down your IT says ITProPortal in its 2016 predictions. “Massive disruption (Uber style) to existing industries and wholesale digitization will create job losses and potentially significant numbers of disaffected employees capable of compromising IT systems. So, we’re likely to see a renewed focus on ‘locking down’ information systems, by ensuring secure configurations, removing vulnerabilities, strictly controlled use of privileges and by ensuring that critical systems and applications are patched up to date.”
- You’ll need to do more with fewer skilled professionals: Another issue in 2016 – skills shortages in cyber security increase. This prediction came up time and time again throughout our research. As the demand to defend against cyber threats increase, the resources to achieve this decrease. Skills shortages “will mean that fewer and fewer organizations are able to build or manage cyber security defenses themselves, or even be able to make effective use of cyber security technologies.”
- Customers Care! Increasingly, customers will want to know how you’re securing their data: Malcolm Marshall, Partner and Global Leader, Cyber Security at KPMG said “In 2016, we will see that consumers care about security shock – more businesses will realize that sophisticated customers actually care about security in the products and services and will realize that security, ease of use and “coolness” are not mutually exclusive.”