Security threats revealed for 2016 Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Telegram Share on Facebook Copy link WatchGuard Technologies, a leader in multifunction firewalls, presented its list of security predictions for 2016 , which includes a total of 10 forecasts. This company's security research team highlights new trends and emerging threats . Among other trends and threats are the advance of ransomware on alternative platforms; an increase in attacks targeting iOS; and a fertile new terrain in which criminals can find data that leads to identity theft. [Tweet “The company @WatchGuardTech presented what it considers to be the 10 security threats in Corey Nachreiner, CTO of WatchGuard , recommended following security best practices to defend against these situations, including training employees on threats and targeted social engineering techniques, and implementing the latest network security technologies.
Main security threats for 2016 The company divided those expected in 2016 into 10 main security threats. We briefly name them below. Ransomware will reach new platforms Ransomware has grown, giving rise to new variants of file-encrypting malware that are so credible that many victims have agreed to pay ransoms. So far, the ransomware is mainly targeting Windows . Next year, cybercriminals are expected to develop highly effective ransomware Phone Number List for alternative platforms , including Android mobile devices and Mac laptops . Social engineering and its risks There are recent security breaches that have one thing in common: they all started with spear phishing the user. Cybercriminals target specific users with customized social engineering tactics to trick unsuspecting users into giving up their access privileges. Watch Guard recommends setting aside an annual budget dedicated to providing employees with security training that includes the latest social engineering techniques.
Security violations to SMEs Most successful security attacks, especially those aimed at smaller targets, still rely on the basics. Although some threat actors use sophisticated techniques, most SMB security breaches will revert to basic security flaws . But there is a silver lining: If organizations focus on following basic security best practices , they will avoid most attacks in 2016. Malware on iOS will increase Google's open platform strategy has resulted in more threats against Android devices than those based on Apple's iOS. Last year, cybercriminals infected Apple's platform development . We believe that criminals will continue to exploit this avenue of attack to leak malware into the official Apple store . Criminals will launch more targeted attacks against iOS. Malvertising will increase by taking advantage of encryption Malvertising is a concept that comes from combining the words malware and advertising.