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The Year in U.S. Security

18 Dec 2015 by Shay Moser

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.

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.

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.

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.