With 2017 being yet another rollercoaster year for cyber security, experts at Fareham-based Taylor Made Computer Solutions have been looking at what might lie ahead for businesses in the coming year.
Last year saw some of the highest profile hacks on record, with the crippling WannaCry ransomware attack on the NHS in May being one of the biggest headlines.
Now, cyber security and IT experts from Taylor Made, which protects businesses and organisations from such hacks, have compiled their list of predictions for 2018:
The rise of SmartTech
As smart technology becomes more embedded in our homes and offices, it’s likely that these devices will become a target for cyber criminals who want to exploit others. In the home this could take the form of smart TVs or voice-controlled home management systems being hacked. In the office, it could be anything from scanners to security cameras. Remember that anything that’s connected to the internet is a potential rabbit hole for cyber criminals to enter.
Data breaches hit businesses in the pocket
With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules coming into place, we’re expecting at least one major UK company to be exposed and subsequently fined by the ICO for a serious data breach. The new rules change the way businesses are allowed to store data and set out how they should tell customers how their data is being used. It’s inevitable that unprepared businesses will fall foul of the rules but we wonder which big name brand will hit the headlines as a result.
Better protection for SMEs
Historically, it’s been difficult for smaller businesses to access the best security protection. The technology can sometimes be expensive, restricting it to bigger companies with big budgets. The tide is starting to turn though, and we suspect growing demand will bring prices down.
Heading for the cloud
We suspect that by the end of 2018 the vast majority of businesses we encounter will be based in the cloud. More and more businesses are switched on to its benefits, in particular the way it supports remote working.
More targeted attacks
The cyber attacks we’ve witnessed in 2017 have seen a shift to organisations being targeted almost solely for financial gain. While the UK is bracing itself for the very real possibility of a cyber attack on public infrastructure, businesses should ensure they’re protected for these targeted attacks on their pockets.
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Nigel Taylor, founder and managing director of Taylor Made Computer Solutions, said: “We’re firm believers in the phrase ‘being forewarned is forearmed’ and it’s so true when it comes to IT. We’re constantly researching the latest changes in cyber security and based on what we’ve seen this year, there could be interesting times ahead.
“We hope our predictions will help businesses and consumers think about what risks and opportunities lie ahead in 2018.”