2016 Security Forecast: Decoding the Adversary

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 01-07-2016 Email

Cyber-crime continues to impact businesses and has increased 48% since 2013, with businesses contending with 43 million known security incidents, according to a report released by AT&T. The report, "Cyber Security Insights Report," the carrier's first such study, found that during the last two years, DDoS attacks increased 62%, and there was a 458% increase in the number of times hackers searched for Internet of things (IoT) vulnerabilities. The theme of this report is decoding the adversary. AT&T expects to cover the IoT, mobile devices, virtualized security and other trends as they emerge. "Security is not simply a CIO, CSO or IT department issue," said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President John Donovan. "Breaches, leaked documents and cyber-security attacks impact stock prices and competitive edge. It is a responsibility that must be shared amongst all employees, and CEOs and board members must proactively mitigate future challenges." On the basis of its findings, AT&T has made the following predictions about cyber-security for 2016 and suggests questions every CEO should ask.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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