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