The start of a new year is usually the time vendors take the brave step of looking into a crystal ball. They go on record with their predictions for the upcoming year and what they believe we should be focusing on and protecting against in 2016. So how did their predictions for 2015 fare and what are we potentially facing in 2016?
Here are some of the stand out predictions. The threat to the internet of things was predicted in 2015 with attacks targeting our homes. This is again predicted to be a big threat in 2016, but to add to the worry it is predicted that this will be taken a step further with ransomware being deployed on smart devices. It will be interesting to see how manufacturers deal with this and if the threat materialises.
On the list now for the second year running is the threat to sensitive personal information. The threat is now predicted to be enhanced by public shaming and extortion which increased throughout 2015. The Ashley Maddison case being the most public. It is anticipated this will be taken further by criminals exposing sensitive medical data.
It is also predicted that the threat from global criminal networks will grow with attacks originating from newly developing countries who have benefited from significant investment in their IT infrastructure. Their criminal and hacktivist networks may be offered as an on-demand service. It is also thought that these networks will be used to further advance political agendas launching attacks against physical infrastructure such as SCADA systems.
Data privacy is there once again. Perhaps this is the year that will see the proposed changes to the EU Data Protection directive finally becoming reality.
One of the interesting technology predictions for 2016 is that we will now see organisations adopting “No Password” authentication methods such as biometric, geolocation and Bluetooth proximity methods. This could ultimately lead to passwords becoming redundant. It will be interesting to see how this prediction turns out.
If it succeeds I think we can safely predict which will be the next systems to be targeted.