Today, with the blurring of the borders of the network and the increasing number of connected devices, most experts anticipate an increase in attacks and vulnerabilities. These trends that threaten network security can only be prevented with a multilayer defense that applies to 100% of traffic, while taking into account both the services hosted in the public cloud as well as mobile devices.
Cyber security has been unprecedented. From guidance on the economical way to consumer media – all these issues played a crucial role. In 2016 and beyond, IT security are mainly composed of these trends and dangers:
Hidden attacks on SSL traffic
Hidden attacks on SSL traffic will exceed attacks in unencrypted traffic. The encrypted traffic accounts for approximately one-third of total Internet, and in the coming months, it could reach two-thirds as important services such as Netflix, make their transition to SSL. As a result, encrypted traffic will become the best channel to distribute malware and perform cyber-attacks.
To mitigate this threat, and in order to eliminate the blind spot of corporate defenses, companies must choose a dedicated SSL inspection platform to ensure that all third-party security devices can inspect encrypted traffic.
IoT will gain notoriety as a target and source of attack
At the end of 2016, there will be more than five billion “things” connected to the Internet. This proliferation of devices results in an increase in the number and severity of exploits directed against these devices. In addition, these threats will be exacerbated by several factors as the number of connected devices is outpacing the ability to secure these devices with little or no security.
Moreover, their increasing use to access personal information will increase the number of exploits directed against the IoT-oriented consumer. Projects such as the “Consumer IoT Security Guidance” include the primary vulnerabilities of IoT devices and safety recommendations.
Attackers take advantage of vulnerabilities in mobile applications
The large volume of mobile devices will produce an increase in attacks against them. Also, the high volume of malware (20 million applications by the end of 2016, according to Trend Micro) and inherent vulnerabilities present even in legitimate mobile applications, originate a gap on a massive scale.
Under these perspectives, all users, particularly Android, should pay more attention to when choosing which applications to download and what files to open.
Cloud Services expands the attack surface and the weight of security
The transition to the Cloud Services has allowed companies to reduce their costs and easier access to business applications from any location. However, this migration has also led to an increase in surface attack. Cyber criminals can attack applications from anywhere and on various devices, along with a greater need for the companies to keep their devices perimeter security against increased encryption traffic on the network perimeter.
Attack of the drones
Growing security threats, invasion of privacy, industrial espionage or terrorism are the main potential risks to the growing popularity of drones. Although compared to malware, drones do not pose such a serious threat to cyber security. The IT experts must ensure that the drones do not have access to wireless networks, the use of sniffer and other tools of espionage.
Sabotage occupies a more prominent position
The hack of Sony Pictures is not only the biggest slump in a company, which previously was made public. It differs mainly in a feature distinct from other burglaries and thus represents a new criminal quality. So far, most burglaries were committed mostly from espionage reasons.
Attacks are increasing from the supply chain
Attacks target today often not directly against the mostly well-protected corporate network, but on the individual. From senior managers down to the ordinary wage employees, any person who has access to the company network can be an attacker.
Accordingly, most companies have adapted their security policies and monitor the use of mobile devices by their employees more and more accurate. However, cybercriminals have already identified new target groups to infiltrate corporate networks through the back door. These can be found today throughout the supply chain – from the supplier to the customer. More and more participants in a supply chain are connected via IT interfaces with each other to communicate quickly and efficiently with each other.
Smartphones and mobile devices are still uncertain
There are countless operating systems, but in the end, the people use around the world, especially three of them: Android, iOS, and Windows. Despite regular updates, criminals around the world are working to hack these systems.
More and more “Mobile Device Exploit Kits” are developed. The use of smartphones and other mobile devices will not only remain uncertain but become even more unpredictable.