ComputerworldUK – Cybersecurity trends 2017…

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Businesses and governments are starting to publicly take cybersecurity very seriously – and a range of high-profile attacks and hacks throughout 2016 provided security issues with even more visibility. But what’s in store for 2017, and how should organisations prepare?

…According to the CTO for data protection at security company Gemalto, Jason Hart, ‘data integrity’ will continue to be a serious issue for businesses. The premise behind data integrity is that information can be accessed or modified only by authorised users ā€“ so a data integrity attack involves manipulating that data for other ends.

“Data integrity attacks are nothing new,” Hart says. “But they remain under the radar of businesses who have an ever-increasing reliance on data, and make huge business decisions based on its analysis.

“The first generation of cyberattacks focused on stopping access to the data, which quickly moved on to stealing it,” he explains. “Today we’re seeing more evidence that the stolen data is being altered before transition, affecting all elements of operations. Data integrity attacks have the power to bring down an entire company ā€“ stock markets could be poisoned and collapsed by faulty data, the power grid and other IoT systems could be severely disrupted, and perhaps the greatest danger is that many of these could go undetected for years before the true damage reveals itself.”…

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