Digital security is a huge concern and a mess. We had several breaking news about hacking in the past year such as, the medical and personal information of the Anthem clients was stolen- the largest health insurer, the Ashley Madison affair-finding website got their user base exposed, cars were hacked which made the cars to be driven off the road remotely and the air bags unfolded. And then far more the hackers got hacked.
This surely makes future much more insecure. So considering all these slipups let’s have an overview of the year forthcoming and make predictions for the security measures in 2016.
Everything does evolve with the time
Despite several big-league schisms in 2015 we still expect many more in 2016. That’s because the scanty security practices. Back in 2014 IBM conducted research on the cyber-attacks and they ended up stating that most of the attacks are successful because of human error. Despite that the software may evolve to better encryption and compliance certification, the users of the software make the blunders.
In a nut-shell we can have the best and invulnerable security in the world but that wouldn’t help if the password was itself exposed.
For sure government and the private organizations both are going to put efforts securing the data. As, Google is testing the option of utilizing the user’s phone as an alternative for password recovery. It is a effective measure but the main strong tool to go for is the awareness among the people that we lack grievously. Users still can’t identify the dodgy attachments, people still use “123456” as their passwords and companies seem sluggish updating their systems. This is going to lead the situation in 2016 reporting more hack attacks.
Now that we have over a billion Android users and the number is still on increasing, we must know that there will be lots of security risks for mobile devices. As the businesses are using the mobile devices as their requisite tools for business, they are more likely to put their sensitive data on risk. To be pinned human error plays the significant role in this.
Mobile devices, however, give some margin for the human errors as the app stores are kind of a digital wild west. Recently the cyber security firms have indicated that the most Bible and Quran apps have the malicious malwares in them. It’s not the first time that Google Play store has encountered the mess and to some extent, it’s quite understandable that users might not be able to tell if an app had the malware. Even the “Walled garden” by Apple isn’t protected from dodgy software.
The programming framework used by the Apple and the app developers “XCode” was pranked and the dodgy apps were put on the China’s App Store. Regardless of the platform these apps are going to be the target for hackers. Though it is possible to combat some of these via MDM (Mobile Device Management) software that enables the companies to have check on the phones on their network, companies in 2016 need to be very careful about the working of devices and assure the data safety.
Wearable are at the same risk
Though Apple watch didn’t make much difference, it gave an impression of the coming trend of wearable. Such mini devices contain significant sensitive data. It’s not only about the watches accessing the company emails and contacts.
The health-related wearable are at the same risk of targets such as Fit bit. The wristbands check the medical state (heart rate) and GPS information. What makes it more vulnerable is that the software (and Iot devices) doesn’t have the unified design framework and it is on the simplified stage yet where there is the higher risks for vulnerabilities. Wearable is a good approach but only if it is vital.
This is just make you aware about what can happen and what measures should be taken when it comes to you. So stepping ahead into 2016 what you should do is make sure the company’s software is up-to-date, keep an eye on the news related to the security and never ever store the customer data at some insecure place.