Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you have noticed an increased rate of high profile cyber crimes. From the Democratic National Committee being hacked in the 2016 election, to the iCloud being hacked for embarrassing and private celebrity images, cyber crime has been front-page news more now than ever. As this type of crime has increased, IT security has shifted to broaden and improve around the world.
The first thing that has changed is that many businesses have realized that they need to bring in outside IT security teams to protect them. According to CSOonline.com, 4 billion people will be online by 2020. The business world knows that with this increased number, there will be even more hackers and potential targets. They also know that they aren’t the best at protecting themselves, so they are reaching out to outside sources, experienced teams like ours, who specialize in IT security and can keep an eye on them, rather than them having to look after themselves on their own with limited capabilities.
The second major change in IT security is that the world is having to shift to protect devices more than ever. The Motley Fool predicts that by 2020, there will be up to 200 billion IoT or Internet of things devices in the world. What that means to your business is that not only your computers, but your cars, televisions, refrigerators, even your thermostat will be connected and a potential target for cyber crime. With that in mind, IT security is shifting to protect not only traditional networks and devices, but everything inside and outside your home that you could potentially interact with.
Look around your business and think about how many items could potentially hold your critical information that could be hacked and result in a cyber criminal taking advantage of a vulnerability. The IT Security world has had to shift its focus to protect all these items.
The next change we are seeing in IT security around the world is that they are being forced to combat malware more now than every before in history. Over the past few years, our team has noticed an uptick in the amount of malware threatening our clients, but this is only a very small piece of a much larger universe. According to CNN, nearly 1 million new malware threats are released every single week. This means that IT security firms are having to pay extra attention to the developments and technology behind malware in order to stay on top of this ever growing threat.
Finally, smart device security has been at the forefront of the change in IT security globally. According to SmartInsights.com, at present, over half of the population of many of the first world countries use smart devices. And as time goes on, this number will significantly increase. Along with that shift, bullguard.com reports that there is a significant shift in the way that security is being developed. A majority of new developments in IT security, which include device artificial intelligence, are being focused on smart and mobile devices.
As the world’s technology advances, the amount of cyber crimes and cyber criminals go up… and so does the world’s need for new advances and shifts in IT security. Don’t let your business be left asleep at the wheel as the world changes around you.
Our team specializes in IT security, and by that we mean that we won’t just protect our clients now, we watch and learn about the new technologies and shifts in the world so that we can keep up you safe from new threats before they can strike.
To learn how we can help keep you and your company up to safe and secure, feel free to reach out to us today.
As the world’s technology advances and evolves, so does cyber crime… and the IT security that is there to protect you from it.