Internet connectivity is an essential part of living in the modern world. From e-mailing documents for work and paying the bills, to streaming Saturday afternoon football games and ordering dinner, the internet always looms over everyday tasks.
However, the online world is a scary one, with hackers and other cybersecurity threats lurking everywhere. According to a recent report, it seems consumer are aware of the threat, but aren’t doing much to fight it.
According to the 2016 Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report by Symantec Corp., which surveyed 20,907 consumers in 21 markets, 76 percent of respondents said they know they should actively protect their information online, but still engaged in risky behaviors, including sharing passwords. Globally, 35 percent of people said they have at least one unprotected device, vulnerable to ransomware and phishing attacks, the report found. Within the last year, the report found that 689 million people in 21 countries experienced a cybercrime.
Unprotected connected devices aren’t the only problem. The Norton report found that many consumers aren’t able to distinguish a phishing attack from a normal e-mail, instant message or text message. It found that 40 percent of people are vulnerable to phishing attacks and 86 percent may have experienced an incident in the past. More than half of the people said that it’s become harder to stay safe online than in the real world. And it seems that threat will continue to evolve in 2017.
According to Experian’s 2017 Data Breach Industry Forecast, “aftershock password breaches” will grow in 2017 and will lead to the end of using simple passwords. The report explained that attackers will continue to sell older username and password information long after the credentials were originally stolen. As a result, companies that didn’t experience first hand data breach may see these type of breaches, similar to an earthquake aftershock where effects of an incident reverberate and felt long after the disaster.
The Experian report also said that nation-state cyberattacks will move from espionage to war. The report predicted that the U.S. will disclose “at least one major offensive cyber operation against a terrorist organization.”
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