Written by Haydon Kirby, IT Account Director – 27th Jan 2016

“It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperilled in a hundred battles…”. Sun Tzu.

Here’s my thoughts on the things you should look out for this year with regards to IT Security.

1. The rise of the smart phone attack

Research company Gartner predicts there will be 6.8 billion connected devices in use this year which is a 30% increase from 2015. Gartner also predicts that by 2020, that number will jump to more than 20 billion connected devices.

Smartphones present the biggest security risk this year as they are particularly attractive to cybercriminals because of the sheer number in use and multiple ways of attack, including malicious apps and internet browsing.

2. The discovery of  headless worms

Worms are nasty bits of code that float through millions of devices. Fortinet global security strategist Derek Manky predicts that we will see the first ‘headless worms’ this year, a malicious code that will target ‘headless devices’ such as smartphones and smartwatches.

Headless worm threats can easily multiply across billions of connected devices.

3. Attack of the Cloud

It is also predicted that there will be a large number of attacks this year on cloud infrastructure. Cloud based Mobile apps will provide an inlet for hackers to remotely attack cloud networks and access corporate networks.

4. The rise of Ghostware

To conceal attacks hackers will start using more ghostware. It’s a form of malware designed to penetrate networks but carefully hide its tracks. Ghostware makes it very difficult for businesses to track what and how much data has been compromised after a hack.

5. Emergence of Two-faced Malware

Larger companies will often test new software in a safe environment called a sandbox. As hackers frequently change their approaches, Sandboxes are very effective at identifying any new potential threats.

However, hackers are now creating malicious software that remains undetected under surveillance but cleverly morphs into malicious code once it’s no longer under suspicion. This is known as two-faced malware.

To find out more about other emerging threats please contact us and one of our IT Security specialists will be pleased to advise you on the risks to your current setup.