In the first section of this predictions report, we turn around and look forward five years. We interviewed 21 key people who shared unique insights into the expected cyber threat landscape and the security industry’s likely response. They were asked to look over the horizon and predict how the types of threat actors will change, how attackers’ behaviors and targets will change, and how the industry will respond between now and 2020.
In the second section, we drill down and make specific predictions about expected threat activity in 2016. Predictions for next year run the gamut from ransomware to attacks on automobiles, and from critical infrastructure attacks to the warehousing and sale of stolen data. Among other things, we:
■ Discuss a subtle yet equally impactful form of attack—integrity attacks—that will become more prominent in 2016.
■ Explain why better security in the enterprise will lead to more attacks on employees as they work from home.
■ Describe changes in the way we pay for things, and their implications.
■ Outline why wearables, integrated with smartphones, are an attractive attack vector.
■ Highlight positive changes in the sharing of threat intelligence within the private sector and between the private sector and governments.
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