With criminals finding new and inventive ways to steal and threaten businesses around the world it comes as no surprise that 2016 will be yet another incredibly important time for companies to employ and integrate improved security protocols.
Security initiatives, and how to get around them, have evolved just as fast as their introduction so it’s up to the innovative minds of the security and protection experts out there to come up with ingenious ways in which to thwart burglars, cyber extortionists and other criminal attackers.
An incredible amount of smartphone and other mobile-based devices are now a firm staple of the consumer market with millions of us now owning one or more such products. In fact these days it’s so commonplace that companies dealing in all sorts of areas of business have had to adapt accordingly in order to serve this rising audience and viable market.
With so many devices being constantly connected online and with business-based apps and sites serving this mobile market it has also lead to a number of severe security issues. Vulnerabilities in the mobile market are rife and it makes these smart devices a prime target for cyber criminals looking to cash-in on exposed defences due to apps, software and other data not being able to provide consumers with suitable security from potential attacks.
Cyber-based criminal activity is set to increase once more in 2016 with more and more virtual attackers hijacking our information and literally holding it to ransom. The concept being that these wrong-doers steal your information and then threaten to post it online perhaps exposing company or staff secrets and financial information; which if revealed could be catastrophic for your business and its future. Protecting you from such extortion, especially for businesses, from both a financial and reputation standpoint will be crucial.
According to nationalwindowfilms.com, suppliers of business security solutions, physical vulnerabilities will also pose more of a threat to data this year. “Glazing provides a route for Radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) signals to exit a building or room resulting in a significant security risk. Once these signals are outside of a controlled area, the opportunity exists for unauthorised parties to monitor, eavesdrop, record and steal confidential and valuable electronic information and voice conversations from an organisation even though encryption and other cyber security protections have been deployed”. As a result, firms across the globe have been seeking out the latest security solutions such as signal defence film and 2016 should see many more similar products hit the market.
2016 is also set to become the year when the cloud becomes a huge target for malware. Tom Byrnes, CEO of ThreatSTOP predicts that over the next 12 months cloud-targeted malware will compromise the computing power of the cloud, infrastructure, apps and data. Historically speaking, malware has traditionally targeted endpoints but Byrnes believes that as we move more information and computing to the cloud, endpoints and mobile devices will become “dumb terminals” and the cloud will become increasingly attractive for would-be attackers.