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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2. Privacy and Regulation

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Most governments have already created, or are in the process of creating, regulations that impose conditions on the safeguard and use of Personally Identifiable Information (PII), with penalties for organizations that fail to sufficiently protect it. As a result, Durbin notes, organizations need to treat privacy as both a compliance and business risk issue, in order to reduce regulatory sanctions and business costs such as reputational damage and loss of customers due to privacy breaches.

The patchwork nature of regulation around the world is likely to become an increasing burden on organizations in 2015.

"We are seeing increasing plans for regulation around the collection, storage and use of information along with severe penalties for loss of data and breach notification particularly across the European Union," Durbin says. "Expect this to continue and develop further imposing an overhead in regulatory management above and beyond the security function and necessarily including legal, HR and Board level input."

He adds that organizations should look upon the EU's struggles with data breach regulation and privacy regulation as a temperature gauge and plan accordingly.

"Regulators and governments are trying to get involved," he says. "That's placing a bigger burden on organizations. They need to have resources in place to respond and they need to be aware of what's going on. If you've got in-house counsel, you're going to start making more use of them. If you don't, there's a cost."

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