Symantec: Every year, digital security is facing new forms of threats, as cybercriminals are evolving their approach to accessing data from organizations. As we approach 2017, security experts at Symantec Corp., the world's largest cyber security company, have drawn attention to the trends we are likely to expect to see in 2017, but also in the years to come.
Given the ever-changing landscape, it is important to focus on the focus of digital security and how it will move for the coming year.
Symantec: Internet of Things (IoT)
<br>• Cloud growth: 2017 will continue to see a shift towards the modern workplace, as more and more businesses allow their employees to use new technologies such as wearables, virtual reality but also network-connected devices (IoT), while supporting one fast-growing potential, from cloud-based applications and solutions. Businesses should focus their attention beyond safeguarding Endpoint devices and protecting their users and information in all applications and services related to new technologies applied to the work environment.
<br>• Linked cars will become the target of ransom: Given that cars are starting to have interconnection capabilities, it's a matter of time to see large-scale hacking in them as well. This could occur in the form of ransom for these cars, automatic and unauthorized monitoring and gathering of information, or other threats associated with them. This whole situation will also lead to the question of who is responsible for this threat: the software vendor or the car manufacturer? A question that will have long-term implications for the future of the automotive industry.
<br>• IoT devices will get even more into business. Looking beyond the simple vulnerabilities of portable devices and computers, security departments in enterprise computing will now have to look at other safety devices, such as thermostats for example and smart devices that are connected and use access to a business's network. Corresponding examples of attacks we had several years ago with print servers. Everything almost in a business connected to the internet should be protected.
<br>• Increase of IoT DDoS attacks: The Dyn Attack last October has proven the vast number of IoT devices that are unsafe and extremely vulnerable to attacks.
As more and more IoT devices are installed in the mass market, the risk of security breaches will increase. As soon as unsafe devices are installed on the market, it is almost impossible to correct the problem, with only a solution to reinstall or update updates. As this lack of security will continue in the near future, the number of IoT attacks will increase.
Symantec: Cloud Generation will determine the future of the business
<br>• The business network will expand and become more vague and scattered. With the workforce becoming more "portable" than ever, the need to protect an on-premise network will become increasingly short-sighted. The need to have firewalls to defend a single network becomes redundant if it is plugged into the cloud. All businesses will start moving towards wireless and cloud-based services instead of investing in expensive and unnecessary networking solutions.
<br>• Money cheaters will attack the Cloud. Given the significant shift to cloud-based storage and services, Cloud becomes a very lucrative target for attacks, since it is not protected by firewall or other traditional security measures. So businesses need to defend their data. Attacks can lead to extortion and compensation of many millions of euros as well as the loss of critical data. The need for protection will become even more critical.
<br>• Artificial Intelligence will require sophisticated Big Data capabilities. In 2017, machine learning and artificial intelligence will continue to grow. In fact, research firm Forrester predicts that investment in artificial intelligence will increase by 300% in 2017. With the development come new, strong business ideas as well as increased collaboration between humans and machines. In terms of security, this extension will affect organizations in more than one way - including endpoints and mechanisms in the Cloud. With new forms of machine learning and artificial intelligence continuing to enter the market, businesses will need to invest in solutions that have the potential to collect and analyze data from countless endpoints and attack sensors across organizations, industries and geographies. areas. These solutions will prove crucial as learning mechanisms for how the "front line" of the ever-changing global battlefield works.
<br>• Malicious attacks will be self-funded with theft of money. There is a risky chance that national parliaments could be aligned with organized crime for their own benefit, as we have seen in the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) attacks. This could lead to countries falling in their political, military or economic systems.
<br>• Fileless malware will grow. Fileless infections - which are written directly to a computer's RAM without the use of any file - are hard to detect and often escape intrusion and antivirus prevention programs. This type of attack has grown throughout 2016 and is expected to continue to grow, gaining prominence in the list of threats, within 2017, most likely through PowerShell attacks.
<br>• Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) abuse will lead to increased phishing sites with HTTPS. The rise in the popularity of free SSL certifications coupled with Google's recent initiative to flag HTTP sites as unsafe will weaken security standards, leading to spear-phishing or malware candidates, due to malicious engine improvement practices search.
<br>• Drones will be used for espionage and attacks. This may happen in 2017, but it is more likely to happen later. By 2025, we can expect to see "drone-jacking", which means that drone signals will be stolen, resulting in their reorientation in favor of the intruder. Considering this possibility, we can also expect to see "anti-drone hacking", ie technology that is being developed to control the GPS devices of drones and other important systems.
It should be mentioned here that Symantec with the latest "forecast" is not so accurate, as drones are already used for espionage and attacks. Regarding drone hacking, we have seen this since 2015.