Massive Damage Feared From Attacks On Connected Devices
Non-traditional domains such as the industrial sector and connected cars pose a unique set of risks due to the scale of data and lack of focus on users, according to John Delk, GM of Micro Focus's security, information management and governance product groups.
Delk expects to see adversaries map the ransomware mentality of locking everything down over to industrial control systems and other things that exist in the connected world to create chaos on a much larger scale.
Ransomware conversations typically take place around 1,000 or 10,000 locked desktops or servers, Delk said, but the discussion will take a different tone when it's about a million sensors or devices distributed all over the world and embedded in actual pieces of hardware. Like mobile devices in the past, many see the connected world as impenetrable to hackers, but Delk expects that will soon change.