As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time once more to start thinking about the road ahead. For those of us in security, that means thinking about the sorts of threats we think we’ll be facing and protecting against for the coming year.
As he does each year, our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Raimund Genes and his team meet with experts across the whole of Trend Micro to discuss their answers to the question “what will the major threats for 2016 be?” The result of those discussions is this year’s predictions “The Fine Line 2016 Predictions.”
This year, Raimund and his team have come up with seven specific predictions. They run the gamut from online extortion escalating beyond simple ransomware, to hacktivists using data breaches to systematically destroy their targets, to ad-blocking software shaking up the advertising business and killing malvertising. Raimund and team even predict that smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) will become even more real by having a smart device failure be lethal in 2016 (though NOT necessarily as a result of hacking or malicious activity).
Overall, Raimund and team’s predictions for 2016 show how security becomes about so much more than PCs, servers and networks. It has even become about more than mobile devices too. With the IoT and cloud, security has come to be about nearly everything in our lives. And of course, at the heart of it all remains the one constant. Arguably still the weakest link, and the ultimate target of all malicious activity: people.
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