Top 6 information security predictions for 2016
Recently Scott Tyson, Director of Global Sales at email security firm Mailprotecto, has given his thoughts on his top 6 information security predictions for 2016.
- Big breaches we will continue to see headline-grabbing data breaches hit
the media. We have already seen evidence of this in 2015 and the trend will
only continue. As well as being headline grabbing, companies will go on to
suffer reputational damage and data breaches and security attacks will start
to hit the bottom line.
- Phishing isn’t going away while more of us are aware of phishing scams
today, they still represent big wins for cybercriminals. We will continue to
see phishing emails in our in-box as the technology used by attackers gets
even more sophisticated and attackers become more targeted and clever,
increasingly using social engineering techniques, in their approach. Email
security with built-in protection against phishing will be essential for
- Alliances, mergers and acquisitions we have seen a lot of acquisitions
in the security sector again this year, and this will be in evidence in 2016
as niche specialists, like those in encryption and identity management, will
be scooped up by bigger vendors looking to add firepower to their security
- Data encryption is finally having its day a niche technology that has
been divisive when it comes to discussions about government snooping and
surveillance, encryption technology will be even more crucial for securing
data in the cloud in 2016.
- SaaS security – even greater adoption of cloud from businesses will create
demand for cloud-based security. IDC’s Futurescape for Security predicts
that enterprises will be utilizing security software as a service (SaaS) as
a greater share of their security spending. By the end of 2015, 15% of all
security will be delivered via SaaS or be hosted, and more than 33% by 2018.
- Partners come into their own with a services-led approach this has been
a year of change, with greater adoption of cloud and mobile technologies. As
a result, we have seen re sellers moving away from sales focused on margin
per sale towards monthly recurring revenues models. Many are starting to
realize that significant revenue will be driven by cloud-based offerings as
opposed to hardware, and we will continue to see them develop MSP divisions
or services-led business models to embrace these changes.
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