Compared to the other leading companies in the market such as Android and Windows, the number of threats targeted at Apple operating systems has been quite low. However, in recent years, this number has grown steadily, along with the level of malware infections. This only goes to show that no technology can today guarantee complete immunity from internet attacks and cyber crimes. The only thing that Apple, as well as other operating systems, can do is to be prepared for the worst.
Here are some of the key areas of security that players need to keep in mind in the coming year.
- Cyber insurance has become a real trend, the rapid adoption of which can be attributed to rise of cyber criminals using stolen data for identity theft, payment fraud, and other crimes, and emergence of new regulations that have forced companies to take actions against data breaches. Information breaches and cyber attacks lead to business interruptions and reputational harm to companies. The main problem, however, is expense. IT defenses can be rather costly and even then, there is no guarantee of being immune to cyber risks. Cyber insurance gives organizations protection against in the event of such risks.
- The attacks on infrastructure have risen in the past year and this trend is only going to increase in 2016. Attacks on critical infrastructure are motivated both criminally and politically. Political organizations and nations have been operating cyber warfare campaigns with criminals attacking either for ransom or for profit. The growing demand and need for improved functionality of devices and services has resulted in increased connectivity of industrial Internet of Things. This has led to risks of larger attacks.
- It is possible that in 2016, ransomware gangs will enter into conflicts with traditional distributors of malware. While most malware infections are discreet and covert, ransomware infections are obvious and overt. The awareness of malware scams is likely to increase, which will force attackers to evolve their malware and come up with more sophisticated ways of attack.