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Cybersecurity in 2017: Our predictions

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Cybercrime has been a threat to the entire world and it has been bigger than ever in the recent past. The year that just passed, did witness large cyber-security breaches and other cyber-security incidents spanning across multiple industries and large-size enterprises from all over the world.Each year, the security industry faces new types of threats as cybercriminals evolve their approach toward accessing organizations’ data. As we approach 2017, the security experts have taken a close look at the trends we can expect to see this year and in the years ahead. Let’s find out the emerging cyber-security prediction we will likely see in 2017:

1. Connected cars will be taken for ransom

As cars start to have connected capabilities, it is only a matter of time until we see an automobile hack on a large scale. This could include cars being held for ransom, self-driving cars being hacked to obtain their location for hijacking, unauthorized surveillance, and intelligence gathering, or other automobile-focused threats. This will also lead to a question of liability between the software vendor and automobile manufacturer, which will have longterm implications on the future of connected cars.

2. IoT devices will increasingly penetrate the enterprise

Beyond looking simply at computers and mobile devices for vulnerabilities, incident response teams will need to consider thermostats and other connected devices as jumping points into the network. Similar to how printer servers were used for attacks several years ago, nearly everything in an enterprise is now connected to the internet and will need to be protected.

3. Increased IoT DDoS attacks

As more IoT devices are installed in the mass market, the risk of security breach will increase. Once insecure devices are in the market, it becomes almost impossible to fix the issue without recalling them or issuing security updates. Given that this lack of security will continue for the foreseeable future, the number of IoT attacks will only increase as well.

4. Rogue nation states will finance themselves by stealing money

There is a dangerous possibility that rogue nation states could align with organized crime for their personal gain, such as what we saw in the SWIFT attacks. This could result in down time for countries’ political, military or financial systems.

5. Fileless malware will increase

Fileless infections – those written directly onto a computer’s RAM without using files of any kind – are difficult to detect and often elude intrusion prevention and antivirus programs. This type of attack increased throughout 2016 and will continue to gain prominence in 2017, most likely through PowerShell attacks.

6. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) abuse will lead to increased phishing sites using HTTPS

The rise in popularity of free SSL certifications paired with Google’s recent initiative to label HTTP-only sites as unsafe will weaken security standards, driving potential spear-phishing or malware programs due to malicious search engine optimization practices.

7. Drones will be used for espionage and explosive attacks

This could be seen in 2017 but is more likely to occur further down the road. By 2025, we can expect to see “dronejacking,” which will intercept drone signals and redirect drones for the attacker’s benefit. Given this possibility, we can also expect to see anti-drone hacking technology being developed to control these devices’ GPS and other important systems.

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