The key to 2018? Ensuring private data stays private

Originally published December 15, 2018

2017 has been a year dominated by the lasting effects of multiple ransomware attacks, including WannaCry and NotPetya, and the growing fears within businesses about the security of their most sensitive and critical data. These have brought to light a few very important lessons that businesses must consider for next year, or else risk being the victim of increasingly worse attacks.

Add to this the looming deadline of GDPR in May, and 2018 is beginning to look like its main focus will be keeping data secure and private. Leading IT experts give their thoughts on what they believe 2018 will bring in the IT security sphere, from IoT to ransomware to data management

Ken Hosac, VP IoT Strategy & Business Development at Cradlepoint:

2018 will see organisations being smarter about how they secure their IoT devices. Global surveys show increasing enterprise IoT adoption, but with the spread of vicious botnets such as Reaper and Mirai, businesses know that deploying IoT devices on an existing network is dangerous. It creates cross-contamination, expands the attack surface and exposes corporate networks to new vulnerabilities. This is a serious threat that will need to be mitigated in 2018.

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