Brace yourself, channel pros. As leading names in the IT world look ahead to 2018, they see more threats, more losses, and more reasons for channel pros to take security very, very seriously.
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Research firm Cybersecurity Ventures, of Menlo Park, Calif., expects ransomware to inflict $5 billion of damages in the U.S. alone this year, up from a mere $325 million in 2015. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Malwarebytes Inc. says ransomware attacks are up 2,000 percent in the last two years.
“Ransomware attacks on SMBs will be even more pervasive, sophisticated, and profitable in 2018,” says Kevin Chapman (pictured), senior vice president and general manager for SMB at Avast. “We will also see ransomware criminals be much more selective in the machines they attack, and these types of attacks will be more difficult to track.”
That’s likely to fuel an increase in mandated security education programs for both end users and technicians, he continues.
“As human error continues to play a greater role in SMB security threats, we will see a rise in cybersecurity training and cybersecurity certifications in 2018 and beyond,’ Chapman says.
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