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The Year in U.S. Security: 2015

7 Dec 2015

As the end of 2015 fast approaches, it's time to look back at the lessons we've learned from cybersecurity stories over the past year, and use the information to prepare for the future.

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Report: Cyber Attacks on U.S. Companies Since November 2014. #MyPrivacyBack Read more: https://t.co/8eJyAs8IMJ https://t.co/p3GxEB1ZLP · Granite Phone
The news from this year shows no industry is safe from cyberattacks — from banking and education, to government and retail. And small and medium businesses to enterprises are at risk. Below you can read more about a few of the many cyberattacks, including Morgan Stanley at the beginning of 2015, to the latest victims, including an FBI information-sharing portal, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Morgan Stanley Breach & USPS Hack Gets Worse: IT Rewind Episode 20 · ContinuumManagedServ
Hackers: FBI InfoSharing Portal Breached. 2.4K Law Enforcement Agents Named. https://t.co/18fiCspyoL @euroinfosec https://t.co/xj4skupaDF · Eric Chabrow
Historically, we've expected ‘hacking’ events to be in the financial services industries and large retail chains with millions of credit card records. Recently, however, healthcare has become heaven for hackers. In fact, Reuters reported, “medical information is worth 10 times more than a credit card number on the black market.
While cybersecurity has changed in 2015, the speed of security and how fast cybercriminals alter their tactics means there’s more to come. This includes implementation of the three information-sharing bills passed by congress, payments security and cyber insurance.
Congress is investigating #mobile payments security issues https://t.co/Wt1ee2SRsz https://t.co/U3QJ24a4s6 · Jean Pickering
Cyber insurance likely to drive better #security, says Raytheon-Websense @websense https://t.co/KGIJCfshgl https://t.co/w6Qanp3xpn · TIG
As the year winds down, and we reflect on what we've learned, we must also start focusing on the new challenges and opportunities ahead. First, gear up for the new year by understanding where your risks lie. Then, know what are the cybersecurity predictions for 2016.
Online extortion and data breaches will continue, and as smart devices grow and become connected to the Internet of Things, there will be new vulnerabilities to protect. It will be interesting to see how cybersecurity plays out on the campaign trail prior to election day, too. In the meantime, companies and people can get involved and do their part to help make the Internet safer and more secure for everyone.