The IT security business reached an important tipping point in 2016, due in large part to the ubiquity of online-connected devices, which provide many more attack surfaces to hackers.

This fall, internet of things devices were hijacked to amplify the scale of a distributed denial-of-service attack that slowed access to popular websites including Twitter, Reddit and Spotify. Meanwhile, stolen emails and computer documents were used in an attempt to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
In addition, ransomware is becoming prevalent, highlighted by the growing number of high-value targeted ransom cases.

These and similar attacks have had serious impacts on enterprises and nonprofits alike.

The continuing effects of this lackluster security trend and the speed of change area like nothing we’ve seen previously.
Innovation in security continues, but is it developing fast enough to counteract or mitigate the problems noted above? Most security professionals say no.

This eWEEK slide show, with industry insight from Derek Manky, global security strategist at security software and services provider Fortinet, examines the outlook in security for 2017.

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