McAfee Labs Threat Predictions Preview Cyber Threat Landscape for 2016 and Beyond

Intel Security Predictions Provide Two Valuable Sets of Insights for Organizations Developing Near-Term IT Security Plans and Long-Range Security Strategies

SANTA CLARA, Calif. November 10, 2015 -- Intel® Security today released its McAfee Labs Threats Predictions Report, which predicts key developments on the cyber threat landscape in 2016, and provides unique insights into the expected nature of that landscape through 2020, as well as the IT security industry’s likely response. Reflecting the informed opinions of 33 Intel Security thought leaders, the report illustrates short- and long-term trend implications for organizations working to keep pace with business and technology opportunities, and the cybercrime community that threatens them.

“The best hockey players navigate within the ice rink, grapple with opposing players, take advantage of opportunities when available, and, critically, as Wayne Gretzky said, always skate  to where the puck is going to be—not where it has been,” said Vincent Weafer, vice president of Intel Security’s McAfee Labs. “To address the business, technology, and threat landscape realities facing them, we must help organizations get to where they need to be, using technologies that will enable and not hinder their businesses, and understand what kinds of threats could be confronting them tomorrow, and far into the future.”

2016 Threat Predictions

The 2016 threat predictions run the gamut of trends, from the likely threats around ransomware, attacks on automobile systems, infrastructure attacks, and the warehousing and sale of stolen data, among other likely issues in 2016:

Predictions through 2020

The five year look ahead attempts to predict how the types of threat actors will change, how attackers’ behaviors and targets will change, and how the industry will meet these challenges over the next five years:

“Keeping pace with, anticipating, and preempting adversaries requires that we match the intelligence exchange, cloud computing and delivery power, platform agility, and human resource assets that cybercriminals regularly leverage,” Weafer continued. “To win battles against future threats, organizations must see more, learn more, detect and respond faster, and fully utilize all the technical and human resources at their disposal.”

For more information, please read the full report: McAfee Labs Threat Predictions Report.

For information on how organizations can prepare themselves to confront the threat landscapes of the future, please read our blog on the subject: What’s.Next? Taking you on a journey to the future.

For information on how Intel Security is working with industry researchers and automakers to address connected car security challenges, please see our whitepaper on the topic: Your “Check Security” Light is On.

About McAfee Labs
McAfee Labs is the threat research division of Intel Security and one of the world’s leading sources for threat research, threat intelligence, and cybersecurity thought leadership. The McAfee Labs team of more than 400 researchers collects threat data from millions of sensors across key threat vectors—file, web, message, and network. It then performs cross-vector threat correlation analysis and delivers real-time threat intelligence to tightly integrated McAfee endpoint, content, and network security products through its cloud-based McAfee Global Threat Intelligence service. McAfee Labs also develops core threat detection technologies—such as application profiling, and graylist management—that are incorporated into the broadest security product portfolio in the industry.

About Intel Security
McAfee Labs is now part of Intel Security. With its Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, and unique McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, Intel Security is intensely focused on developing proactive, proven security solutions and services that protect systems, networks, and mobile devices for business and personal use around the world. Intel Security is combining the experience and expertise of McAfee with the innovation and proven performance of Intel to make security an essential ingredient in every architecture and on every computing platform. The mission of Intel Security is to give everyone the confidence to live and work safely and securely in the digital world.

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Chris Palm
Intel Security

Janelle Dickerson
Zeno Group