If you think 2017 was bad, hold on for dear life because 2018 is going to be the worst yet when it comes to cyber attacks, with new and better coordinated attacks looming large.
Why? Three forces are going to be combined by the bad guys:
- The massive amount of stolen personally identifiable information from breaches will be harnessed through commercial-strength merge/purge/append processes with social-media info into a rich, granular dataset ready for spear-phishing with stunning precision using social engineering tactics.
- Machine learning has become a well-honed science. Online advertisers and political campaigns have become very good at applying data analytics to large data sets. The bad guys are using this very same technology now to target your end-users using all the data breach "take", including Equifax.
- Botnets continue to proliferate, which allow bad actors to bypass your filters using hundreds of thousands of personal computers.