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Inside The Mind Of A Cyber Criminal

2 min read | Jan 11, 2017

Psychoanalyzing a Cyber Hacker

2016 saw cyber threats increase in number and evolve dramatically as businesses became more digitally connected. That trend is sure to continue in 2017, but it will manifest itself in different ways. To help your business prepare and combat these security threats, we’ve put together this psychoanalysis of the 2017 cyber criminal: what they want, where they’ll find it and how they’ll get it.

Cyber criminals see potential in the Cloud.

The Cloud is critical to business convenience. It allows businesses to collaborate faster and in a more flexible manner, and it helps companies store and protect their most sensitive data. It’s no surprise, then, that Cloud technology is one of the most lucrative forums for cyber attackers. Criminals see potential in the Cloud solely because there are so many businesses that rely on it to function. In 2017, be prepared to invest in Cloud security to protect your business.

Cyber criminals are constantly updating their ransomware.

Ransomwares plagued many unfortunate businesses in 2016. The good news is that we have developed safeguards against these particular forms of malware. The bad news is that cyber criminals are always refining and evolving these ransomwares to be one step ahead of security measures. If it doesn’t already, your business should consider ransomware security a top priority this year.

Cyber criminals know the Internet of Things (IoT) is the next frontier.

The Internet of Things is expanding every day to include new pieces of technology designed for commercial and individual use. Today, IoT-connected items range from electronic medical devices and connected cars to smartwatches and fitness trackers. And as the IoT continues to broaden, the likelihood of a lapse in security increases with it. Cyber criminals see this as a lucrative opportunity and we expect to see attempts to exploit it in 2017.

Prepare for 2017 with Benton Tech!

If you have concerns about your business’ cyber security, speak with a Benton Tech expert today to discuss how to protect your company data.