10 Eye GreyDuring the past couple of years, we sure have seen a lot of changes in IT Security in an attempt to keep up with new and increasing threats. Traditional approaches to mitigating risk have limited impact and require changes as well. So, to help you stay secure and ring in the New Year, we’ve compiled a list of 10 trends to watch (out) for in the coming months. Take a look!

#1 The Rise of the Chief Threat Officer Intelligence is a much more effective weapon than erecting rings of perimeter defenses. So instead, invest in intelligent perimeters to understand which vulnerabilities carry the biggest risks and what the most common attack paths looks like, so you can shut it down!

#2 Investment in Threat Intelligence Data breaches are inevitable - it's reality. Investing in threat intelligence skills and systems will help companies navigate a persistently treacherous area of business.

#3 More Automation Processes New digital technologies such as cloud and mobile automate more of your business processes. However, the ability of your security analytics to see an anomaly and take action automatically will be crucial.

#4 Rise of Mobile Banking Last year, we saw a rise in mobile payments, and so the threat 0f hackers obtaining the sensitive information that you access on your mobile devices has also increased. Hackers will take advantage of smartphone users’ inefficient security protocols, and criminals attempting to use these mobile devices as a path to the network will also target the online banking industry. Penetration testing can detect mobile vulnerabilities, and an identity and access management system can verify user access to all devices and accounts-no matter the origin.

#5 Protecting the Internet of Things From Apple Watches to coffee makers, the Internet of Things (IoT) has grown exponentially last year and shows no sign of slowing. The IoT is becoming a large target for hackers as a way to get into your network. Make sure you have a system that checks for mobile IoT devices and their attack path into your network.

#6 Monitoring Hackers in the Cloud More of our business processes are being migrated into the cloud and with this comes the rise of hackers targeting the vulnerabilities in these processes. The cloud may be more vulnerable, because the security vulnerabilities in the cloud are not the same as they are in an on-premise system. Make sure to update your cloud security as diligently as your on-premise solutions.

#7 Healthcare Records Still Are Numero Uno Healthcare records are, and will continue to be, the most valuable type of personal information to attackers. With the increase in medical devices, patient portals, and other avenues into healthcare systems; organizations will realize that their systems do not provide sufficient data security.

#8 Access Continues to be the Main Battleground User credentials and network access are still the main source of breaches for most organizations. In 2016, you will need a solution that can deter, detect, and remediate access breaches as quickly as possible. The key is to remediate with no disruption to your organizational activities.

#9 Cyber Terrorism From government organizations to energy companies, there is a new threat looming and companies must understand the risk of each of their vulnerabilities as well as the most likely attack path that hackers will take so that our greatest resources are secure.

#10 Spear Phishing Phishing scams are nothing new and most companies have educated their employees to be on the look out for this type of scam. Spear phishing, however; is a very sophisticated and personal attack aimed at employees with critical access to network systems. With the correct solution, you can test your employees with fake spear phishing attacks to both educate and evaluate who needs more training.