2017 is finally here. And what a crazy year it has been!
I think we can all agree that – from an IT security perspective – 2016 has been an incredibly interesting year.
Weâ€™ve seen ransomware wreak havoc on the business world, causing billions of dollars in damages. A hacked email server was a major factor in the outcome of the US elections, and cyber-warfare has become a hot issue.
We saw the largest ever DDoS attack, which exploited Internet-connected security cameras and other IoT devices.
From looking at these and other major recent events, itâ€™s clear that the Automation Paradox has been the central theme that links these, and other top news stories of 2016. The Automation Paradox states that â€œas automated systems become more powerful and easier to use, the role of the human operator becomes more importantâ€.
- If companies had enforced mandatory point-in-time backups across ALL of their systems, and had these been managed through some well-trained centralized authority, then ransomware attacks would have been little more than a nuisance.
- If classified emails had been kept on legally-mandated secure government servers – with audit trails, monitoring and regular compliance auditing – then the Democratic Party email hacks might have never occurred.
- If manufacturers of internet-enabled appliances – such as cameras, watches, NAS devices, and other consumer products â€“ provided better monitoring, updates and support plans as part of their purchase agreements, then these major DDoS attacks couldâ€™ve been quickly averted.
Because of this, Storagepipe would like to propose a new year’s resolution:
For 2017, assign dedicated resources that exclusively look after IT Security and Data Protection. And if you donâ€™t have these capabilities in-house, look for qualified and experienced external partners that you can trust.
Donâ€™t be a DIY disaster.
If 2016 was the best year for cybercriminals, letâ€™s make sure that 2017 is their worst.