Predictions for the New Year
infosecinstitute posted a handy article about what to expect in the new year for cyber security, along with highlighting major game changers from 2015;
Extortion as ransomware or denial of service will be used more than ever, and will also begin targeting devices such as smart watches, health systems, and all kinds of new technology.
CISA helped start this in 2015 by allowing companies to share vulnerability information with one another, but it's predicted that in 2016 many different countries and organizations will finally create a universal legal front against cybercrime.
Passwords are being replaced with stronger security, such as dual-authentication, biometrics, geo-location, and even behavorial analysis.
My favorite part of the article talks about how hackers will use the topic of the elections to launch mass phishing campaigns, attack specific groups, and to target very specific individuals (possibly candidates themselves?)
The Internet of things will be put at risk as poorly configured devices and outdated technologies open up new holes in its pragmatic defenses.
Crimeware kits are gonna get more and more commercial
Finally, the article ends on a high note -- The number of cyber-attacks will continue to grow almost in every industry. At least we know it won't be hard to land a job in cyber security. :-)
Keep in mind, these are just predictions made by InfoSec. Feel free to voice your own thoughts below.