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10 Security Predictions For 2016

From ransomware to public policy changes to consolidation, one thing’s for sure: The security market will be anything but boring in 2016. Take a look at CRN’s security predictions for the coming year.

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10. Ransomware On The Rise

Security experts agree: Ransomware will be a threat vector on the rise in 2016.

"It is going to continue. It is growing," Intel Security EMEA CTO Raj Samani said in an interview with CRN.

Two factors are helping push that trend forward in the coming year. First, ransomware attacks are incredibly profitable for attackers, netting hackers more than $18 million from 2014 to 2015 with Cryptowall ransomware alone, according to IBM research. Second, getting that money is becoming even easier for hackers, with a rise in ransomware-as-a-service, which lowers the barrier for entry for less sophisticated attackers.

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