2015 Saw Con­sumer Con­fi­dence Rocked by Mega Breaches, Here are Sy­man­tec’s Top Eight Pre­dic­tions for 2016

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Sy­man­tec be­lieves that in 2016, the gamification of se­cu­rity and sim­u­la­tions will be the mo­men­tum that will lead to cul­ti­vat­ing bet­ter se­cu­rity habits and so­lu­tions in both con­sumer and en­ter­prise sec­tors. Also, this year will be the tip­ping point for bio­met­ric se­cu­rity as the tech­nol­ogy and ap­pli­ca­tions be­come more prac­ti­cal, ubiq­ui­tous, and nec­es­sary.

As ‘en­crypt ev­ery­where’ is quickly be­com­ing the mantra of the tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try, the need also es­ca­lates. This is true es­pe­cially in com­mu­ni­ca­tion ap­pli­ca­tions. How­ever, Sy­man­tec be­lieves many smart devices are ill equipped.

Sy­man­tec’s next five pre­dic­tions fo­cus on threats and at­tacks. They say we can ex­pect to see more se­ri­ous at­tacks on crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­tures. This is con­tin­u­ing the trend that was seen in 2015. Ad­di­tion­ally, cy­ber at­tacks and data breaches will drive the need for cy­ber in­sur­ance.

Be­hind the scenes, a war is brew­ing be­tween ran­somware gangs and mal­ware dis­tri­bu­tion net­works, and Sy­man­tec thinks that this will heat up, forc­ing both sides to de­velop new tech­nol­ogy. Ap­ple devices have ex­pe­ri­enced a surge in pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent year,s and this in­crease in us­age has not gone un­no­ticed by at­tack­ers. As their pop­u­lar­ity grows, Mac OS X and iOS will need to take pre­cau­tions in or­der to pre­vent their devices from be­ing com­pro­mised.

Sy­man­tec’s top pre­dic­tion is that the need for im­proved se­cu­rity on IoT devices will be more press­ing. Mar­ket for IoT-ready devices is grow­ing, but still very frag­mented. As mar­ket lead­ers emerge and cer­tain ecosys­tems grow, the at­tacks against th­ese devices will un­doubt­edly es­ca­late. How­ever, good strides are be­ing made by some com­pa­nies in en­forc­ing se­cu­rity in the ecosys­tems they sup­port.

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