As we usher in 2016, one of the most traditional activities that kicks off each New Year is that of making predictions for the year ahead.

Brian Contos, chief security strategist and senior vice president of field enginering at Norse has offered up his top 10 list of what we can expect in 2016. Norse is a global leader in live attack cybersecurity intelligence, founded by former law enforcement and Intel officials.

According to Contos, CIOs and CISOs can expect the following trends:

1. “There will be more attack types aimed at IoT – in particular home automation, physical security, DVRs and automobiles.”

2. “We’ll see a higher number of emerging countries being used as an attack surface as their infrastructure matures and they become more connected (examples: less industrialized Latin American, African and South East Asian Countries).”

3. “IP theft for competitive reasons (aka industrial espionage) will rise, as will marketplaces designed to buy and sell this IP.”

4. “There will be more malware designed to evade legacy sandboxing techniques.”

5. “We’ll see cybercriminals continue to target industrial control systems.”

6. “There will be a greater percentage of reconnaissance, attacks and exfiltration over Tor, anonymous proxies and related mechanisms for encrypted, anonymized communication.”

7. “In the New Year, there will be a strong need to integrate incident prevention, detection and response for more rapid risk mitigation in the face of a growing volume of overall attacks.”

8. “The lines separating nation-state actors and cybercriminals will become increasingly opaque as talent, tools and techniques are used across both camps.”

9. “We’ll see an increased need for predictive intelligence that helps organizations understand the “who, what, where and how” of attacks before they hit their organization.”

10. “Robust intelligence-driven incident response solutions coupled with incident responder services will be the norm for post-incident risk mitigation.”

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