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Experts predict that 2016 is going to be a busy year

for cyber criminals, hackers and scammers. Let’s

take a look at what you need to know in order to

keep your business safe.

If you think that only big corporations and

prominent organizations are targeted by cyber

criminals, you are making a deadly mistake. It

might be tempting to sweep cybercrime under the

carpet and assume that you are flying below the

average hacker’s radar, but that simply isn’t true.

In fact, it’s the opposite.

So where does that leave you as a small or medium-

sized business owner? Does it mean you need to

be taking your cyber security even more seriously?

You can bet your bottom dollar it does, as industry

experts predict that 2016 is only going to become

more of a minefield when it comes to online crime.

Among the unpleasant predictions being made, a

number of experts agree that hacks of a destructive

naturewill beontherise. The fact thathackersareusing

attacks for retribution rather than simple monetary

gainsmeans that awider cross-section of organizations

may well find themselves being preyed upon.

So what should you be on the lookout for?

1.

Targeted apps.

Apps are going to continue to be

targeted in 2016. In particular, those mobile apps

that request access to your list of contacts, emails and

messages which can, in the wrong hands, be used to

create the kind of portal that enables a cybercriminal

to steal data or gain access to a company’s entire

network. This means that in 2016, hackers could be

taking advantage of apps to do more than just steal

your social media photos – they might have in mind

the takedown of your entire company.

2016’s

Possible Security

Problems

ByJeanneDeWitt

SOAR TO SUCCESS

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