What’s in store for cybersecurity in 2017?

You heard it here first: 2017 is going to be the year of cybersecurity. After a chaotic 2016, full of breaches, hacks and attacks, companies are now taking a personal stake in protecting their sensitive data.

We recently wrote about the cybersecurity threats you need to watch out for in 2017, but do you know how to protect your company from falling victim to these dangers?

We’re not certified psychics, but there are some specific cybersecurity trends we predict will take center stage in 2017. Take a look inside our crystal ball to learn the changes the security industry must undergo to prevent cyberattacks.

1. Security will become a concern for all employees.

In the new year, we should expect to see many companies, especially enterprises, providing security training for employees at all levels and within all departments. As cyber threats continue to grow for companies, the number of security experts remains stagnant.

The first step will be getting employees to take more responsibility for and protect their own data. This means CIOs and other C-level executives will need to provide their staff with the tools and education to do so. Some ways business leaders can prepare their employees include:

  • Teaching them how to identify suspicious activity.
  • Identifying which tech solutions can help them manage and protect sensitive data.
  • Developing step-by-step response plans to follow if data becomes compromised.

2. More people will begin to advocate for change in the cybersecurity industry.

It’s safe to say that data will grow infinitely in the upcoming year. Think about all the Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are already in use and how much data they’re creating today. In 2017, more connected devices will hit the market. That means one Google search can turn up even more information (some that many people would consider private) about your Average Joe. Phone numbers? Email addresses? Home addresses? Attackers throughout the world will be able to access this information easily.

As a result, individuals are going to realize they also need to defend their data. As security threats increase, especially ransomware attacks, more and more consumers, business professionals and even legislators are going to advocate for increased security practices and laws.

3. Disaster recovery (DR) plans will begin to include ransomware response policies.

Most companies today are required to have DR plans that outline how they will get back up and running in the event of a disaster. There are even laws legislated in some states that are often hit by natural disasters, like Florida. However, it’s a lot more likely that a business will be shut down by a ransomware attack than by a flood or snowstorm. As the risk increases, more government officials and representatives are expected to get involved. Regardless of whether or not legislation is passed, we predict more companies will begin to adopt ransomware response and recovery into their DR plans.

What do you think is in store for 2017? Tweet us your predictions.

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Andrew Hay

Andrew Hay

With over 15 years of data security experience in various roles inside organizations as well as advising them, Andrew serves as the chief information security officer at DataGravity. He is responsible for the development and delivery of the company’s comprehensive data security strategy. Prior to DataGravity, Andrew was the director of research at OpenDNS (acquired by Cisco) and the director of applied security research and chief evangelist at CloudPassage.