We live in a new era for cybersecurity. Threats now extend to mobiles, Internet of Things devices, the cloud or critical infrastructure. What will come next year?


Computers are no longer the only target for cyber attacks. There are more and more devices connected to the network, which multiply cyber risks and threats grow exponentially.

Check Point Software Technologies has detected five key cybersecurity trends, based on the data extracted from its annual report. The most relevant is perhaps the increase in cyber risks for mobile devices. It is predicted that, over the next year, one in five employees will be responsible for a security breach in their company that will affect corporate data. It will be involuntarily, through mobile malware or malicious WiFi networks . Check Point believes it will be an increasingly relevant business security problem, with the challenge of balancing productivity, privacy and protection.

Another important challenge is the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT). The company warns that in 2017 it will be necessary to be prepared to deal with cyberattacks aimed at all types of connected devices , including devices such as printers, for example. In addition, it notes that offenses against industrial IoT are anticipated. Thus, it specifies that the convergence between information technology (IT) and operational technology (TO) makes them more vulnerable, especially SCADA environments , which frequently use old systems for which there are no or no patches are used. Check Point says that companies will have to extend the security controls of both systems and implement threat prevention solutions for IT and TO.

Cloud cybersecurity also poses a challenge. Organizations increasingly store data in the cloud, routinely using hybrid network infrastructures. Additional backdoors are created through which hackers have access to other systems of the company. This is a really critical aspect, since any offensive that interrupts the service or knocks down one of the main providers Cloud will affect all customers of the company.

Also, Check Point highlights the growth of ransomware attacks, which affect data centers in the cloud. In the next year we will see both attacks through encrypted files that are they will spread from cloud to cloud as offenses of hackers who use the cloud as a volume multiplier.

On the other hand, the company has an impact on the risk to which critical infrastructures are exposed. As he explains, they are very vulnerable to cyber attacks, since almost all of them were built before malware was a real danger, so its design does not cover the basic principles of cybersecurity. For example, remember that at the beginning of the year the first blackout caused by cybercriminals was recorded. In 2017, it will be necessary to prepare for possible attacks on networks and systems, perpetrated by countries, terrorists and organized criminals.

In short, Check Point emphasizes the urgency of taking action in prevention, due to the rapid growth of threats. Not surprisingly, his latest security report revealed that the volume of unknown malware that attacks organizations has multiplied by nine, discovering 12 million new variants every month. In addition, the Ransomware is already the third biggest threat, predictably becoming such a major problem as DDoS attacks in 2017. This will force companies to adopt a scaled prevention strategy, contemplating advanced sandboxing and threat extraction techniques.