"As we bid farewell to 2016, what will 2017 have in store for businesses and technology?" by Nop Srinara, Sales Director Asia, Datto Inc.
Brexit, the US elections - 2016 has definitely not been a poster year for making accurate predictions and you’d be forgiven for assuming that 2017 will be no different. However, as December is the month for saying farewell to the old year and getting prepared for the next, I’ve canvassed my colleagues at Datto to bring you our top four tech predictions for next year so that as businesses you can take note and get ready for whatever 2017 throws at you.
Ransomware, ransomware, ransomware - While ransomware dominated the headlines in 2016, it shows no sign of stopping and will continue to be a huge threat in 2017
2017 will be the year ransomware grows up and becomes its own business entity. It’s a legitimate business with a vast amount of resources and approaches coming with it. For example, malware is becoming more and more varied in how it behaves based on the machine it is attacking. Whether the ransomware is on a restaurant or a doctor’s machine, it’s not showing any signs of stopping. What’s worse is that the time limits on ransomware are speeding up. Where businesses may have had a few minutes to an hour to investigate, identify and then lookup keys to unlock certain types of ransomware, the new variants will delete files quicker to give the hacker a greater chance to make more profit off the victims.
With data living in the cloud, the key issue for companies will be always-on access
Some access interruptions are unavoidable, like if Salesforce experiences an outage, the effects are multiplied by the number of businesses that run completely out of Salesforce.
With greater emphasis on connections to the cloud, companies are more likely to lose internet service for several hours, compared to SaaS downtime. Therefore, you’ll see businesses adopt multiple internet service providers as well as connection failovers to ensure cloud data access is redundant and never interrupted.
The next big hack? Your password, again
The next record-breaking hack will be another credential steal. These are popular because people tend to reuse credentials, so the compromise of one service yields plenty of other popular or common services that could be exploited by cybercriminals. With repeat password leaks, social hacking and other leaks of customer data, multi-factor authentication will spread fast as a way to ensure the correct individual gains access to the authorized account.
The business opportunity for IoT is still in its proving ground
IoT applications show a lot of opportunity, which will be an evolution, not a revolution. Primarily, IoT connectivity is helping businesses better monitor and control various devices, which in turn assures uptime or sends alerts on downtime, improving efficiency. As you see greater interconnectivity, businesses will need to evaluate the need for backing up and auditing that data. Where does the data from these connections reside? Does it need to be backed up for compliance or regulatory reasons?