Information Security in 2016

Posted on Mar 15, 2016

Through cyber threat analysis and cyber threat intelligence, the Information Security Forum (ISF), an independent not-for-profit organization, has identified five key areas with great risks for information security in 2016.

Government Intervention
Too many jurisdictions are creating diverse legislation and regulations that conflict with one another on many different levels. Legislators, used to creating laws based on past events, will need to look forward to be able to deal effectively with information security issues.

Cyber Threat Intelligence and Information Security in 2016

Big Data Issues
Many organizations seem to be putting too much faith in Big Data and are lacking in what the ISF calls a failure to “recognize that there is a human element to data analytics … [and] respect that human element.” Poor data analysis will ultimately lead to bad business decisions and the results of such. 

“recognize that there is a human element to data analytics … [and] respect that human element.”

IoT Complexities
As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes increasingly pervasive, manufacturers “working under intense pressure and on razor-thin profit margins will sacrifice security and thorough testing in favor of speed of delivery and low cost, resulting in poor quality products more easily hijacked by criminals or hacktivists.” Don’t abandon proper testing and evaluation; while you might see higher profits in rushing out under-tested products, you could pay a much higher price down the road.

Cybercrime and hacktivism continue to grow at an alarming rate. What’s more, there’s also a growing trend of malware as a service (MaaS).  Organizations need to make a paradigm shift away from defending the perimeter, as an attack truly can come from anywhere. There’s no point in only guarding what is viewed as external, as the lines are being blurred as to where a malicious attack can occur.

Organizational Deficits
The information security talent pool is becoming more shallow, while staffing needs continue to grow exponentially. Companies must become more proactive when it comes to recruiting and retaining top information security professionals.

"In 2016, I think we're going to become very much more aware that perhaps we don't have the right people in our security departments," the ISF says.

Making 2016 and Beyond Successful
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