ID NotifyHere are our top security predictions for 2017.

Consumers Plagued by Passwords
We continue to see consumers using weak passwords, like “123456” or “password,” to secure their accounts, as well as reusing their password across multiple accounts. We anticipate that poor password practices will continue in 2017, however, new solutions (think biometric authentication) will begin to take shape as adoption increases.

Rise of Ransomware
In its 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec predicted more than 4,000 ransomware attacks per day since January 1, 2016, on average. That’s a 300 percent increase over 2015. With cyber criminals targeting companies more and more, the need for employee security education becomes even more important.

New Workplace Threats
In today’s digital age, we’re seeing a different definition of “office,” as more and more companies offer the ability to work remotely. This introduces a new set of threats facing companies, where BYOD polices or security education has not been implemented. Security must become a priority for companies, regardless of whether employees work remotely or not.

We’ll be interested to see the new trends and advancements in security this coming year.