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A Look Ahead: What’s in Store for Cyber Security in 2016

On Tuesday, January 12, President Obama took a non-traditional approach to the final State of the Union Address of his tenure, forgoing the expected series of proposals to congress in favor of, in his words, “a focus on the future.”

Now, politics aside, we also feel that it’s a good time to look a look at the future. And for us, that means spotting the trends and events that are likely to shape cyber security 2016. Not only does this allow those of us in the industry to enhance our strategies and services; it can also help guide organizations looking for insights to inform their cyber defense roadmap.

With that in mind, here are some of the key developments that we see impacting cyber security in 2016.

A Million Open Jobs

A recent report from Cisco Systems finds that there are currently one million open cyber security positions across the globe. This highlights a critical challenge for both in-house cyber security teams and security consultants to acquire the talent required to meet the rising demand. To address this issue, it will be increasingly important for educators, security firms and public agencies to work together to increase awareness of cyber security career paths and their benefits. This is particularly true for millennials, who are largely overlooking the discipline.

Wearbles and the Internet of Things

Two areas of consumer technology that are rapidly developing are wearables and IoT devices, which offer exciting potential capabilities. However, both also present vulnerabilities that are particularly concerning to cyber security experts. Devices in both categories have proven to be alarmingly hackable, and hacking of IoT devices, in particular, could lead to some disastrous outcomes.

Hacktivism Goes Mainstream

As a recent article in Fedscoop points out, hacking now has a lower barrier to entry than it did in the past, with a lower cost and reduced learning curve — due to readily accessible hacking tools. As such, the stage is set for large scale attacks from relatively unsophisticated groups, not necessarily motivated by financial gain. Accordingly, organizations need to understand what drives hacktivist activities and what they can do to protect against it.

More Cloud Attacks, Ransomware and Espionage

Lunarline recently posted an overview of cyber threats that are likely to increase in 2016, and ransomware attacks, cyber espionage and cloud platform hacks are all in the spotlight.

As a leader in cyber security, Lunarline retains the industry’s top talent to continually stay ahead of cyber security trends and threats. We incorporate our experience, best practices and proven security tactics in our services, products and training programs. To learn how we can help your organization enhance your security posture in 2016 and beyond, check out lunarline.com or contact us today.

About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.