2016 is a new frontier for cybersecurity, but based on what happened in 2015, it’s safe to say that past incidents will continue this year. Here are four cybersecurity trends we expect to see in 2016:
The Growing Threat of Ransomware
Ransomware encrypts data on user machines to prevent access until the user pays to release the encryption. In other words, ransomware holds user data hostage and demands a ransom to free it. These attacks are becoming more and more common, even extorting money from police departments. Ransomware can affect both ordinary computers and phones—and it won’t be long until Internet of Things devices face the same alarming consequences.