Tech Alert: Cyber Attacks On The Rise
Hackers were real show-stoppers in 2016. Globally, data breaches and technology disruptions were sweeping everyone.
Today, cyber attackers use things outside of the normal social media and websites to hack you. They’re using things like artificial intelligence and smart infrastructure or devices. The Internet of Things (IoT), although amazing for advancements, also leaves us very vulnerable.
Here's what we know so far:
Based on last year’s 22.49% 4th quarter increase of ransomware and viruses, security experts agree that 2017 will be the year that cyber security steps its game up. Any security hole of security you think you've plugged could be wide open again. Hackers are exploring wider ranges of attacks and devices to plague.
3 Cyber Security Predictions for 2017
If you thought 2016 was bad, 2017 is going to be worse. Kaspersky Lab predicts that 2017 will continue to see a rise in attacks. Virus and malware will be at an all-time high. The following could potentially be the Achilles’s heal of your current security and IT plan.
1. Authentications Instead of Just Passwords
Step aside passwords - you are slowly losing ground. Companies will be moving on to authentications. Passwords, although a safety precaution, can be easy to crack. Many users disregard the need for their passwords to be strong, using things like their mother's maiden name or their dog's name over and over again.
To combat this growing fear, many businesses will add layered authentications for security. One-time pass codes have gained popularity. This is where a SMS message (text message) is sent to your smart phone after you've entered your username and password to the site you're trying to access. The message gives you a one-time pass code to add to your log in. This helps sites verify that you are who you say you are.
Each level of identity verification adds further layers of security. You could add a third layer with fingerprinting. Speak to your IT professional about which authentications are best for you. It’s also a great talking point when gaining trust among customers and business partners.
2. Increased Cloud-based Cyber Attacks
Cloud-based technologies are the way of the future. The biggest concern, of course, is protection. The kicker here is that there is “no one size fits all” solution. Security responsibility for Cloud-based technologies is shared between the Cloud provider and your IT team. Just because your data is in the Cloud doesn't mean don't need security precautions. Malware and viruses have no trouble getting to the Cloud these days.
With the Cloud more than ever, it is important that you protect your data as soon as it’s created. Of the billions of records that have been lost or stolen since 2013, only 4% were encrypted, according to Breach Level Index. As Cloud migration rises, so will the use of encryption for security. Consider this your forewarning: this isn’t a matter of IF there will be Cloud-based attacks, it’s a matter of WHEN.
3. Mobile Devices Will Be Targeted
Spyware, malware, viruses and whatever else 2017 holds will be attacking your phone. Switching battle grounds from just your computer to double fronts - mobile and desktop. These hacks will target victims that don't have the right security measures in place to protect them. You'll need a plan for mobile device management. This plan will keep your phone, tablet, smart devices, and ultimately, your business's data, safe.
It's a Battle
Hackers will continue to switch up their ways, making it harder and harder to stay protected. Companies, regardless of size, will continue to lose data, money, and time, in the most unusual ways. Laxness or lack of security knowledge will corrupt your system.
It's an epic battle, as security experts and hackers working tirelessly to outsmart each other. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't TRY to protect yourself. Take security seriously to avoid the down time, data loss, and expense that surrounds IT security breaches.
At this point cyber’s tag line is “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” Cyber-attacks are growing, but so is cyber security. Mind your cyber Ps & Qs. Have a plan and work with your IT professionals to get the most out of your security.
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