Cybersecurity experts forecast future threats, proactive counter measures in new CompTIA whitepaper

CompTIA, a provider of technology association, has released a new whitepaper that provides insights into the top cybersecurity threats faced by businesses and governments. Contributors to the whitepaper include cybersecurity chiefs from global giants HP Enterprise, IBM, Protection Group International, Intrinsic and Dr. James Stanger, a renowned authority on IT security who leads CompTIA’s cybersecurity education efforts.

The whitepaper, launched at CompTIA’s EMEA Conference 2017, discusses the underlying causes and conditions that are fostering cyber-attacks around the globe. It captures insights derived from the daily experiences of cybersecurity experts on the front line.

For example, it outlines how the advent of BYOD and IoT devices has significantly increased attack surface. This, coupled with the chronic lack of cybersecurity training for employees and the general public has led to a 164% increase in stolen data records, or 1,901,866,611 compromised records in the first half of 2017 alone.

The whitepaper also outlines many of the key threats that are likely to emerge as criminal gangs and terror groups become more sophisticated. The short time between recent major terror and cyber-attacks – WannaCry that rendered over 40 NHS Trusts useless, and the London Bridge terror attacks – highlights how the combination of coordinated physical and virtual attacks could be catastrophic.

James Stanger

Despite cybersecurity making daily headlines, businesses are still guilty of neglecting it at board level. This is due to a lack of impactful, metrics-based security discussions at board level, and a reluctance to separate traditional IT from cybersecurity and privacy concerns.

The whitepaper urges organisations to have both a CISO and CIO at the board level to help assess cyber risk at the same level as business risk. This approach to risk management will become more important as we edge closer to the GDPR deadline and any mistake could have a devastating financial impact.

“We thought it was time to take stock and review the cybersecurity landscape,” says Dr. Stanger, CompTIA’s chief technology evangelist. “We’ve seen significant shifts in how organisations are attacked worldwide. We’re also seeing the impact of new privacy regulations and directives worldwide, such as GDPR. So, we’ve brought together some of the best minds in cybersecurity to help our members and businesses across the world understand the steps that they are taking to protect themselves now and into the future.”

Comment on this article below or via Twitter: @IoTNow_OR @jcIoTnow

FEATURED IoT STORIES

9 IoT applications that will change everything

Posted on: September 1, 2021

Whether you are a future-minded CEO, tech-driven CEO or IT leader, you’ve come across the term IoT before. It’s often used alongside superlatives regarding how it will revolutionize the way you work, play, and live. But is it just another buzzword, or is it the as-promised technological holy grail? The truth is that Internet of

Read more

Which IoT Platform 2021? IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide

Posted on: August 30, 2021

There are several different parts in a complete IoT solution, all of which must work together to get the result needed, write IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide – Which IoT Platform 2021? authors Robin Duke-Woolley, the CEO and Bill Ingle, a senior analyst, at Beecham Research. Figure 1 shows these parts and, although not all

Read more

CAT-M1 vs NB-IoT – examining the real differences

Posted on: June 21, 2021

As industry players look to provide the next generation of IoT connectivity, two different standards have emerged under release 13 of 3GPP – CAT-M1 and NB-IoT.

Read more

IoT and home automation: What does the future hold?

Posted on: June 10, 2020

Once a dream, iot home automation is slowly but steadily becoming a part of daily lives around the world. In fact, it is believed that the global market for smart home automation will reach $40 billion by 2020.

Read more
RECENT ARTICLES

Actility and Helium Network announce roaming integration to scale IoT coverage

Posted on: October 18, 2021

Actility, the provider of IoT connectivity solutions and LPWA technology, and Helium have launched a roaming integration partnership, unlocking affordable and ubiquitous coverage for millions of IoT devices.

Read more

Future of data integration: 2022 and beyond

Posted on: October 18, 2021

Traditional methods including manual creation of scripts, scrubbing the data, and later loading it into a data warehouse or ETL, (extract-transform-load) was used to integrate data from different sources. These methods were adopted in the era of resource constraints and have now become very time-intensive, expensive, and error-prone, says Yash Mehta, an IoT and big

Read more