5 things we learnt at Infosecurity Europe 2016

Infosec was back for another year at London’s Olympia. The show was jam-packed with information about the biggest security threats and the latest products and services to help businesses combat them.

Here are five interesting things we found out at this year’s show:

People are using cloud services to store data for whistleblowing

In a recent YouGov survey, Blue Coat asked workers in various industries across Britain, Germany and France how they use cloud applications. And the firm has some interesting results.

“We asked users why they’re putting data on the cloud. We surveyed over 3,000 people anonymously, and six per cent said they use cloud services for storing data for whistleblowing. It might not sound like a lot, but that’s around 180 people out of just over 3,000,” Robert Arandjelovic, Blue Coat’s director of security strategy, told PCR at the show.

“By profession, one on eight IT guys are storing data on the cloud for whistleblowing, and one in six HR professionals are putting data away for potential whistleblowing purposes.”

Cybercriminals are going to start targeting medical appliances

Bitdefender’s Bogdan Botezatu told us his predictions for the future of malware, revealing how cybercriminals will move away from attacking computers in the future.

“How would you like your pacemaker to be held at ransom and if you don’t the money, you can’t use it? Or worse, the cybercriminals could misuse it.”

Customers want consistent upgrades, not new product

One theme we’ve seen at Infosec over the past few years is a move away from just a shiny new toy to add to your arsenal of security products, but rather better

Landesk’s Nigel Snedden detailed how ‘people want seamless releases’.

“Companies in the past had releases and upgrades as and when they created them,” He said. “Landesk is moving to what we call a scrub, we will release an update on the same date every quarter. Customers now want more consistency with upgrades. It’s not about just adding new features as and when. It’s about having a rollout process to help companies manage themselves better.”

More companies will move to cloud-only environments

During the show we caught up with OneLogin’s Charles Reed who pondered what security trends we’re likely to see in the future.

“Over the coming year’s, we’re going to see companies of all sizes getting rid of their on-premise directory and just going on the cloud,” said Reed.

“Ultimately, where possible, businesses will just buy a cloud service that they don’t have to look after, they just use as they need it.”

More vendors need to build better security into their products, especially IoT and connected home

“I do think security should be built into things and should be part of the process of designing things. It’s a concern for everybody – the integrity of a firm’s data or customer information,” said Philippa Cogswell, director of Cyber Security at Darktrace at the show.

“IoT and the connected home is an interesting one. That’s an area where good built in security is very important. This is an area that Darktrace is really interested in and if the demand is there, it’s something that we’ll be working on.”

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