A new forecast predicts that automated malware attacks will have a devastating effect on the internet of things (IoT). It also predicts the rise of the Shadownet (IoT botnets that can’t be seen or measured using conventional tools), cloud poisoning, more growth of Ransomware as a Service, and attacks on smart buildings. The report, “Fortinet 2017 Cyber-Security Predictions: Accountability Takes the Stage,” based its predictions on cyber-security trends this year. The digital footprint of businesses and individuals has expanded, thus increasing the potential attack surfaces; everything is a target and anything can be a weapon; threats are becoming intelligent, can operate autonomously and are increasingly difficult to detect; and old threats are returning but are enhanced with new technologies. According to the report, “This demand for connectivity, and the need to address its associated risks, will create serious challenges for emerging countries, traditionally disconnected markets, and smaller companies adopting digital business strategies for the first time.” Some key predictions are highlighted here. Read more..