Top Security Risks
For The Year Ahead
Supercharged connectivity and the IoT (Internet of Things) will bring unmanaged risks difficult or impossible to manage. As individual and connected devices proliferate in both the consumer, manufacturing, and business worlds, the threat will increase exponentially and represent a fertile ground for intrusion and commandeering.
Crime syndicates will take quantum leaps with crime-as-a-service. ISF believes that crime organizations – testing the waters – will develop into full-fledged cyber-criminal enterprises with the singular goal of collecting anything that can be monetized.
New regulations will bring compliance risks. A spate of new regulations designed to combat increased threats means IT must now have a heightened awareness of their compliance adherence here and abroad.
Brand reputation and trust will be a target. Large corporations that rely on trust and branding will be (as they were in 2016) attractive targets. Sensitive corporate information and critical infrastructure will continue to be at risk and required dedicated strategies.
So What To Do?
While threat levels from all angles leave IT sleepless, some suggestions about mitigating, avoiding and reducing attacks would be somewhat comforting. Fortunately, Gartner published a helpful “to do” list back in June of last year that deserves a second look with its “Top Strategic Planning Assumptions (SPAs) for Security” in the next two to four years. Gartner discusses the risks and the recommended actions. You can read more at Gartner.
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