2016 was a crazy year for changing Data Security Trends and in particular, cyber security. To help you align your businesses IT strategy, we’re sharing our predictions on the data security trends we expect to see in 2017.

An Eventful 2016…

2016 changed the face of data security. We saw major breaches within multinational organisations like Yahoo, TalkTalk and Tesco. BREXIT happened and Trump was voted as US president- both will be significant as to how data is managed and protected in the coming years. It’s been eventful to say the least!

Now that we’ve entered a new year, we’ve looked at past Data Security Trends and outlined what we predict will happen next. In 2017 we can expect regulations to change, hackers to get smarter and skills demand to increase. So brace yourselves, it’s going to be another bumpy ride…

2017: Changing Data Security Trends

Regulations Will Change

The fast pace of technology and cyber-security change far surpasses the change in laws and regulations. It’s hoped 2017 will bring smarter and more agile enforcement that will help you to better protect your business. It will come as no surprise to see new cyber-security regulations coming into effect in the coming year. Our advice is to make sure you are one step ahead, proactively keep up to date with change to ensure resilience in every area of your business.

Attackers Will Get Smarter

Last year, cyber-attacks cost both individuals and businesses alike billions of pounds. Yes, billions of pounds that’s now in the pockets of cyber-criminals. Intelligence levels are growing and attackers are getting smarter. With the new year comes new government laws, surveillance and preventative measures- giving cyber criminals more reason to up their game. As a business, it’s essential your security is up to scratch, and your data is protected. In 2017 it’s not a case of ‘if’ an attack will happen, its ‘when’.

Skills Will Grow in Demand

Your most important assets are your people and your data BUT at the same time, they can also be the biggest risk. In 2017, simply educating users on the risks will not be enough. It is your responsibility to ensure that a culture of information security is embedded into the organisation. You must invest in up-skilling and educating staff (in all areas of the business) on the risks, on their responsibilities as well as preventative measures and solutions.

More Business Will Migrate to the Cloud

The latest research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) reveals that the overall Cloud adoption rate in the UK today stands at 84%. With year on year growth since their initial research in 2010, the same is predicted for 2017. If data security is a top priority for your business you should consider migrating some or all of your workloads to the Cloud. Cloud lets you maintain control over your data, whilst offering superior levels of protection.

What’s your plan for 2017?

It’s time to consider, what can be done to protect your data? And, how can you step up your security strategy?

Think Security First. Be Cyber-Aware. Think Cloud

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