2017 wasn’t so long ago, but one year is a long time in terms of cybersecurity developments. Anytime the Internet is involved, it’s important to remember that threats have access to the collective minds of every hacker on the planet, meaning that developments can happen rapidly and without much warning. We’ll take a look at how cybersecurity has changed since 2017, including some notable information about how organizations are protecting themselves today.
The Internet of Things Shapes Security Policies
Connected devices are now commonplace in both the personal lives of users and offices all over the world. The Internet of Things typically consists of devices that can connect to the Internet, but aren’t traditionally connected devices, like home appliances and other objects. To protect themselves from the security issues related to these devices, businesses have implemented solutions and tried to control devices brought to the office by their employees. Basically, you need to determine if the measures you are taking are adequate to ensure IoT devices aren’t going to become a problem for your organization. If you take action now, you decrease the risk of these devices compromising your security.
Ransomware Decreases in Usage, But It’s Still Dangerous
As of last December, Malwarebytes indicates that the rate of direct ransomware infection has dropped to about 10%. This is a major change compared to the ransomware spike that occurred in 2017. Of course, it’s still important to ensure that you are protecting yourself from this dangerous malware, as well as have plans in place to recover from an encounter with ransomware.
Cryptomining is More Popular than Ever
One big development in 2018 is an increase in cryptomining threats that can install themselves on devices and covertly mine Bitcoin without the user’s knowledge. These kinds of threats can have side-effects on your computers that can slow down the device or create more work for the device than usual. You definitely don’t want cryptomining software on your device, so be sure to protect it from these threats as well with a comprehensive security solution and active resource monitoring.
Proactive Security is Still the Best Option
Thankfully, more organizations are seeing the benefit of actively preventing security threats from becoming an issue by implementing proactive solutions on their infrastructure. This includes patching vulnerabilities and updating software as soon as new fixes are issued, as well as seeking out threats on a regular basis to eliminate anything that has potentially installed on their devices. This basically takes a reactive approach that some businesses still rely on--resolving issues as they pop up rather than preventing them entirely--and converts it to a proactive stance.
IDG has released a new survey that reveals the security priorities of many businesses. These respondents found that the following aspects of network security were priorities:
Cybersecurity is more important than ever before, so how is your organization working to keep itself safe? k_Street Consulting, LLC can help. To learn more, reach out to us at (202) 640-2737.