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9 Security Trends To Watch For At RSA 2018

As we head into the 2018 RSA Conference, CRN talks with executives from five prominent cybersecurity vendors to see what industry trends they are on the lookout for at this year's event.

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The Rise Of The Capitalistic Hacker

The rise of hacking tools means that bad actors no longer have to be super-technical to enjoy success, according to Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager of Sophos' end-user and network security group.

Items such as the Shadow Brokers hacker tools taken from the NSA have been leveraged and monetized to create cloud-based, Ransomware-as-a-Service offerings, Schiappa said. As a result, Schiappa said anyone with money and bad intentions can now wreak havoc.

"They're criminals," Schiappa said. "They just want to make money."

The productization of hacking tools has been vital in the rise of the capitalistic hacker, Schiappa said. That's a big change from a half-decade ago, Schiappa said, when organizations were more concerned about hacktivist activity from groups like Anonymous.

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