5 Information Security Trends That Will Dominate 2015

Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and collaborative with every coming year. To combat the threat in 2015, information security professionals must understand these five trends.

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4. BYOx Trends in the Workplace

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The bring-your-own (BYO) trend is here to stay whether organizations like it or not, Durbin says, and few organizations have developed good policy guidelines to cope.

"As the trend of employees bringing mobile devices, applications and cloud-based storage and access in the workplace continues to grow, businesses of all sizes are seeing information security risks being exploited at a greater rate than ever before," he says. "These risks stem from both internal and external threats including mismanagement of the device itself, external manipulation of software vulnerabilities and the deployment of poorly tested, unreliable business applications."

He notes that if you determine the BYO risks are too high for your organization today, you should at least make sure to stay abreast of developments. If you decide the risks are acceptable, make sure you establish a well-structured BYOx program.

"Keep in mind that if implemented poorly, a personal device strategy in the workplace could face accidental disclosures due to loss of boundary between work and personal data and more business information being held and accessed in an unprotected manner on consumer devices," he adds.

And realistically, Durbin says, expect that your users will find a way to use their own devices for work even if you have a policy against BYOx.

"It's a bit like trying to hold back the tide," he says. "You may stop it from coming onto one little bit of sand, but it will find a way around it. The power of the user is just too great."

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