As we approach the end of 2016, we begin to look back on the previous twelve months.
For those of us in the information security world, we continued the rollercoaster ride we hopped on years ago. This last year has seen records set for reported ransomware payments, vulnerabilities, and large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin for their ransomware decryption keys. Microsoft continued to fix a growing number of vulnerabilities in their products, which is leading to a new unified patching system. Now, we are seeing a major rise in DDoS attacks, both in frequency and size due to the fallout of the Mirai botnet.
2016 also saw a continuation of (and backlash against) name-brand vulnerabilities. Additionally, many major world events encountered security related issues: the Olympics, Brexit and the U.S. Presidential Election.
These high-profile events presented opportunities for cyber criminals to attack vulnerable IT environments and has continued the trend of computer security events making their way into the general news stream and public consciousness.
Tune in to our upcoming webcast, Breaking In and Breaking Records: A Look Back at 2016, where Bob Loihl and I will discuss this year’s major cyber events, diving into what led up to each event, what made them newsworthy, as well as how individuals and businesses can better prepare themselves in 2017.
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
When: 11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern
Duration: One Hour
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