8 Security Predictions for 2017

 

What will 2017 hold for the security industry?    I sat down and looked into my crystal ball and came up with these 8 security predictions for 2017. 

A Fortune 500 Will Use “DDOS as a Service” To Attack A Competitor.
A bored VP of Marketing with a paypal account, a six pack and a nephew who can get him on the “undernet” is the cyber warrior of the future.

Internet of Thing (IoT) will continue to be used as an attack platform.
Who would have thought that un-patched, un-maintained linux operating systems exposed to the internet would be used to do evil?

Hacking As A Service Will Take Off.
Want into your bosses/spouses/political opponents email account? A hacking group will sell you access for $500.

Hackers Discover & Exploit Automation Platforms.
Hackers finally realize they only have to own the automation platform (Chef, Puppet and SaltStack) of most companies to own the whole company.

Red-Teaming Will Still Be easy.
…and there will be 437 conference talks about how awesome it is.

A Killer Android Bug Will Be Found.
A remotely exploitable android bug that allows for remote camera, microphone and speaker access will be found and will be un-patchable on 75% of phones. Causing Google to take control of the OS and push patches to all phones.

Hackers Will Interrupt A Major Sporting Event.
Just think what would happen if the Russians, Chinese or a 400-pound hacker sitting on his bed decided to take Fox offline during the opening kickoff.

Security Will Still Be Hard.
…and no one as invented the magic box you can plug into your network and make it easy.

Remember though… you can change the future of security in 2017 by working hard and doing something that makes a difference.  Get involved in the EFF,  write some amazing open source software,  volunteer to mentor someone interested in security.

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