Businesses that do not devote enough time and resources to ensuring that their network solutions are up-to-date and protected from known threats are set to be at much higher risk of falling victim to a cyber attack in 2016, a new report states.
Raytheon|Websense Security Labs' forecast for the coming 12 months noted that the cost of security maintenance is set to rise significantly next year, which will create "massive problems" for organisations. It stated that a surprising number of the world's most popular websites are not as secure as they should be and suffer from issues such as outdated security certificates.
However, it is not only old problems that security professionals will need to be aware of. The report said that the emergence of more technologies related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile devices will present new opportunities for criminals.
For instance, the expected increase in non-traditional payments via channels such as mobile wallets will open the doors to a new era of data breaches for the retail sector, Raytheon|Websense stated.
Increased use of mobile devices and other equipment may also pose other problems, as the lines between personal and corporate devices become blurrier, causing friction between security professionals and end-users.
At the same time, security challenges related to IoT may pose headaches. The report noted: "Industries that utilise a large number of connected devices and networked systems in the course of their everyday business, such as healthcare, are likely to face a wider range of security vulnerabilities and threats."
Carl Leonard, principal security analyst at Raytheon|Websense Security Labs, said that in retrospect, 2015 will come to be regarded as a watershed year for the cyber security sector, as many of the emerging trends and threats will be directly attributable to events that have taken place in the last 12 months.