2015 has been a big year for cyber security. We’ve seen some of the biggest data breaches on record, fallout from crippling hacktivism attacks (see Ashley Madison and the spill over from 2014’s Sony Pictures hack), and new highs in security spending. We’ve also seen data breaches, cyber attacks, and other security issues receiving more attention globally, both in the newsroom and at government level. Looking back, here are four of the top trends in cyber security for 2015.
- Attackers continue to increase in reach and creativity
- The healthcare industry emerges as the top target for cybercriminals
- A major increase in state-sponsored and nationalist cyber attacks
Closer to home, George Osborne recently announced that the UK is set to double UK funding to fight cybercrime to £1.9bn over five years. This is in response to growing evidence that nationalist militants in the Middle East are trying to develop the ability to launch deadly cyber attacks on UK infrastructure including hospitals and airports.
- Cyber security goes mainstream
Many of these trends have been developing slowly for several years, but 2016 is when they truly came to the fore. What they show us is that cyber security will only grow in importance as the world we live in becomes increasingly connected and reliant on technology. However, by learning from breaches such as those at TalkTalk, Ashley Maddison and Anthem and Premera, businesses and organisations can take steps that will prevent them from being the next global security headline.
By Luke Brown, VP & GM, EMEA, India and LATAM at Digital Guardian