Top data security challenges for 2017

Top data security challenges for 2017Cyber and Data Security is a hot topic nowadays. Not only is it present in our daily life, but it has started to affect other areas such as politics, international relations and even the well-being of complete companies, so being prepared should be one of the most important things to take care of this year.

While cyber threats that happened last year will continue during the following months, experts have started to look forward to what might become a trend in the future, so whatever comes, you’ll be as ready as the guards in “Monthy Python and the Holy Grail”.

Because of this, we’ve prepared this list with a list of the cyber and computer security challenges experts point out will be the most important this 2017.

Ransomware going up

Ransomware, the act of hackers hijacking your data and asking ransom for it, was invented in the early 90s, but lately it has become the most dangerous threat for companies, and the attacks keep increasing.

Since these days all data is stored on computers, companies will do whatever they can to recover it, agreeing to the ransom and making this act a very profitable one for hackers, effectively increasing the number of attacks all over the world.

According to McAfee Labs in their “2017 Threats Report:

“Ransomware will remain a very significant threat until the second half of 2017 (…) (But) the development and release of anti ransomware technologies, and continued law enforcement actions will reduce the volume and effectiveness of ransomware attacks by the end of 2017”

Solutions against DDoS attacks

Denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) have become a threat for digital based companies in the last couple of years. This method, which consists of sending numerous requests to a server until they collapse has affected e-commerce sites and gaming servers in a large scale, making them unable to fulfill legitimate requests.

Based on the data gathered by Digital Map Attack, these acts happen every single day from all over the world targeting countries like the United States, Germany and China.

Because of this, finding a definite solution for this problem should be a priority for data security software providers, since an attack can completely disable a business in a matter of minutes.

Internet-of-Things regulations

These days even blenders come with Internet connections, and while manufacturers have free reigns of what to do, more regulations will appear in order to maintain a line on what can be done.

This takes a more serious approach when you consider that drones are starting to become a pain point for a lot of business. Not only can drones be overriden and taken control of, but their free movement can become a serious threat to people’s privacy.

“We predict in 2017 that drone exploit toolkits will find their ways to the dark corners of the Internet. Once these toolkits start making the rounds, it is just a matter of time before we see stories of hijacked drones showing up in the evening news. Even without a dronejacking toolkit in hand, we will begin to see an increase in drone-related incidents” – McAfee Report 2017

This can also affect modern consumers who like to control everything in their house using their cellphones. From lights, locks, water and alarms. All these services are being offered by companies as high tech, but they pose a huge threat for personal safety if they fall victim of a hacker.

Personal Information Protection

No matter how many times people has been advised, they keep on clicking on phishing links, they keep sharing fake news and they keep on giving away their personal information. This has to stop.

When people install new apps in their social media accounts or phones, they agree to give away important demographic and personal information to whoever made the App, no matter who it was or what it plans on doing with it.

Such was the case of “Meitu”, a popular Korean photo app that added filters to your photos to make them look in an anime style, but in exchange it sends personal information, including name, mails, contacts and GPS location to a server in China. Even if there are campaigns warning users about this, the App has over 1.1 million downloads and growing.

This point has become one of the goals of hacktivists, groups of hackers who want to educate people by stealing their personal information and showing them how easy it is to have your entire life available in the web, and their campaign will continue even stronger this 2017, according to McAfee.


Do you have another challenge to tackle this 2017? Leave us a comment and we’ll be glad to add it to our list

Nicolas Poggi

Nicolas Poggi

Creative writer, culture & tech journalist, and tech-savvy in the making at Prey!