5 Key Predictions for the Data Breach Industry

Published: December 7, 2016 by Michael Bruemmer


Defending against cyberattacks is like playing a game against an opponent who keeps changing the rules mid-play. Of course, data breaches and cybercrime are serious issues for every business. Yet recent research from the Ponemon Institute indicates too many businesses aren’t taking the game seriously enough, or taking the steps necessary to play at their best.

While it’s impossible to pinpoint exactly what cyber crooks’ next moves will be, our Data Breach team each year delivers predictions on what issues and trends could be on the horizon in 2017 based on what they have seen and heard in the industry.  We feel having an idea of what could happen in the coming year can help companies better prevent, detect and resolve data breaches and other cyber security incidents.

Here are our five predictions for 2017:

1. Passwords will finally be passé, driven by “aftershock” password breaches.

2. State-sponsored cyberattacks escalate from espionage to war.

3. Healthcare will continue to be most targeted type of information, and more sophisticated attacks will emerge.

4. Payments fraud will continue to shift focus.

5. International data breaches will significantly affect multinational companies.

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