For information security, 2014 has been a year of a continuous cyber threats and data hacks that infected many areas of business life like retailers, banks, gaming companies, and more. The size and complexity of cyber threats are continuing to increase. Malicious code authors are creating new threads that are smarter, shadier, and stealthier. The security attacks will continue to become more innovative and sophisticated. While companies are developing new security mechanisms, cyber criminals are cultivating new techniques to avoid them.
Looking to 2015, there may be some security trends that will dominate 2015.
The Internet is an opportunity square for cybercriminals motivated to make money, get famous, cause disorder in organization, and even bring down corporations systems after online attacks. Cybercrime may involve hacktivism (online activity to influence security policy), traditional espionage, or information warfare and other related activities.
Today cyber criminals use 21st century tools to break down 20th century information systems. In 2014 cybercriminals demonstrated a high level of collaboration and an improved degree of competency that caused many organizations huge security problems.
In 2015, companies should be prepared and ready so they can have enough resources to fight any security issues. Also organizations should hire some people who are sophisticated and experts in computer security.
Privacy and Regulation
Some governments created some regulations standards and use Personally Identifiable Information (PII) with penalties for companies that fail to sufficiently protect their data. Different regulations of countries enhance different requirements on whether PII can be used across borders. Some have additional requirements; others have detailed requirements.
As a result, most organizations are going to improve management support and funding for information security policy programs. And organizations are enhancing their information security policies in response to legal and regulatory requirements.
The nature of regulation is becoming an increasing trend on organizations in 2015.
Threats from Third-Party Providers
Organizations and companies can’t be responsible for third-party providers that are a vital component of their business’s processes. Lots of valuable information is often shared with suppliers, and after this information is shared, direct security control is lost.
Organizations of all sizes should think about how to provide their suppliers with access to their intellectual property, customer or employee information, commercial plans, and so on. Information security specialists will work more closely with those in charge of contracting services to give better security for valuable data assets. This cooperation should be information-driven and not supplier-centric.
BYOD trends in workplace
As BYOD trend among employees are continuing to grow, businesses of all sizes continue to see this information risks being exploited. These risks are coming both from internal and external threats, including management issues from the device itself and poorly tested, unreliable business applications. If information security specialists measure these risks acceptable, then it’s needed to make sure that the company has a well-established BYOD program.
Organizations should always understand that a poorly implemented personal device strategy in the workplace could result in loss of corporate and personal data. In the upcoming year most organizations should review their current BYOD program and implement the needed changes for have a more efficient information security system.
Engagement with Employees
The greatest asset in any company is its people. Last year companies spent millions of dollars on information security awareness activities among their employees. During such programs, organizations reduce information risks by providing workers with a knowledge of their responsibilities and what they need to do.
Next year companies should move more from promoting information security awareness to creating solutions. Such positive security behavior should become a part of an organization’s information security culture.
The Internet of Things
Companies’ dependence on the Internet and technology has continued to grow over the past years. As increased interest in setting security standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) escalates, it should also be so for companies themselves to build security systems through communication. The security threats of the IoT are expansive, so companies must ensure that technologies for both consumers and organizations support the highest standards of safety and security.
What information security trends will dominate in 2015? What do you think?