IT Security Trends: What 2017 Could Bring

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We’ve seen massive technology innovations in 2016. We’ve also seen massive cyber-attacks that even blacked out a part of the Internet. With 2016 almost over, we need to look at 2017 and the IT security trends that may become a reality.

Many experts believe security is the field that will require the most work. Especially since more and more devices – and types of devices – get connected to the Internet. That could mean more backdoors for malicious behaviors.

It may sound a bit alarming, but the risk is real.

Nevertheless, here are the IT security trends that will most likely shape 2017 and the entire industry.

Manufacturers Will Put More Work Towards IoT Cybersecurity

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As previously mentioned, more and more devices connect to the Internet. While some of them may have implemented some security in their system, others don’t. Thus, the Internet of Things (IoT) can be considered unsecured.

Take a thermostat or a drone as an example. You can imagine that those are not-so-secure devices. Additionally, the hack of a smart home through a thermostat has received a hint in the popular TV series “Mr. Robot”.

Manufacturers already noticed the issue and some of them are starting to develop solid strategies to up their security. With more end points, everything will need to be more secure.

Cyber Attacks Might Be Used By Nations

Some people believe that Stuxnet is a jointly built American-Israeli cyberweapon. However, some voices say that the malicious worm was developed many years ago to sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapons. Of course, there is no evidence pointing in any direction – true or false.

Nevertheless, the idea that cyber-attacks may be carried by nations is alarming. There is also a chance that may happen.

However, no matter how alarming or Sci-Fi that may sound, it is one of the most distressing IT security trends for 2017 – as the attack might be considered an act of war.

Many hope 2017 will address this possible threat. One way of doing so would involve countries working together to come up with a new cyber-defense strategy.

IT Security Trends for Home and Businesses Alike: Different Types of Authentication

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The entire concept of passwords reuse is expected to take center stage in 2017. It will generate awareness towards increased security.

Far too many people continuously re-use the same password for different accounts. This means that once someone hacks one account’s password, it might gain access to everything. And this is a huge issue if the same password is used to secure sensible corporate data.

It is expected that 2017 will bring a change and different types of security or a big increase in adoption of two-step authentication.

Compliance Concerns Will Drive Growth

More and more companies will check for software that is in compliance. It will have a huge impact on old software and will influence especially the banking sector.

Outdated hardware and software accessing banking accounts will no longer be tolerated. This can spark growth and investments towards new and improved hardware. Automatically, this would mean safer and more secure software products.

Additionally, let’s not forget the adaptive security idea that we’ve mentioned in a previous post. We’re looking forward to it in 2017.

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Author: Patrycja Thomas

Fortune 500 sales and marketing veteran dedicated to helping small businesses change the world with technology.