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14 Cyber Threats to Watch For in 2017

Jan. 4, 2017

The McAfee report investigates current trends in cybercrime and makes predictions about what the future may hold for web security protection.

Affecting facilities managers’ daily use of computers, servers, wi-fi and IoT systems while trying to manage their facilities’ operations, Intel Security recently released its McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions Report, which identifies 14 cyber threats trends to watch for in 2017.

The report reflects the informed opinions of 31 Intel Security thought leaders. It investigates current trends in cybercrime and makes predictions about what the future may hold for organizations wanting to harness technologies to improve their businesses and provide better security protection.

"To change the rules of the game between attackers and defenders, we need to neutralize our adversaries’ greatest advantages," says Vincent Weafer, vice president of Intel Security’s McAfee Labs. "As a new defensive technique is developed, its effectiveness increases until attackers are compelled to develop countermeasures to evade it. To overcome the designs of our adversaries, we need to go beyond understanding the threat landscape to changing the defender-attacker dynamics."

Here are the 14 cyber threats as determind by McAfee Labs:

  • Ransomware attacks will decrease in volume and effectiveness in the second half of 2017.
  • Windows vulnerability exploits will continue to decline, while those targeting infrastructure software and virtualization software will increase.
  • Hardware and firmware will be increasingly targeted by sophisticated attackers.
  • Hackers using software running on laptops will attempt “dronejackings” for a variety of criminal or hacktivist purposes.
  • Mobile attacks will combine mobile device locks with credential theft, allowing cyber thieves to access such things as banks accounts and credit cards.
  • IoT malware will open backdoors into the connected home that could go undetected for years.
  • Machine learning will accelerate the proliferation of and increase the sophistication of social engineering attacks.
  • Fake ads and purchased “likes” will continue to proliferate and erode trust.
  • Ad wars will escalate and new techniques used by advertisers to deliver ads will be copied by attackers to boost malware delivery capabilities.
  • Hacktivists will play an important role in exposing privacy issues.
  • Leveraging increased cooperation between law enforcement and industry, law enforcement takedown operations will put a dent in cybercrime.
  • Threat intelligence sharing will make great developmental strides in 2017.
  • Cyber espionage will become as common in the private sector and criminal underworld as it is among nation-states.
  • Physical and cybersecurity industry players will collaborate to harden products against digital cyber threats.

For more information on the 2017 McAfee Labs predictions, please click here. 

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