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Four Internet Security Threats that Dominated Most of 2015

Internet security threats have been as persistent in 2015 as they had been in the previous years. A wide range of cyber threats and data breaches affected all sectors including gaming networks, banks, governments and beyond. If you are contemplating over the probable threats and their counter-measures, you may as well want to cast a look down at the threats that dominated the most of 2015.


Laundering money, getting noticed and even bringing down giant corporations or governments are a lot easier when conducted through the internet. Cybercrimes were popular earlier and remained popular throughout 2015. The former Soviet is a happy war-den for most of the cyber criminals in the world. The high skills combined with ultra-modern tools made 2015 another year that belonged to them.

The more disturbing trend much evidently seen in 2015 was that of cyber criminals collaborating among themselves.

Privacy Loss

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Most governments of the day take the issue of privacy very seriously. There are strict laws against abuse of PII (Personally Identifiable Information) and organizations that do not comply with it are immediately taken to task. Organizations now treat privacy as a business risk as well as a compliance issue. Privacy breaches may even result in loss of customers to the competitive market.

In 2015, organizations were more heavily burdened with the patchwork regulatory nature. However, fear of information loss continued to be a commonplace among other internet security threats.

Third Party Providers

The modern modes of conducting business are based on thorough networking. In the process, an organization may directly or indirectly bring you in contact of third party providers, believed by many to be among the most prominent internet security threats. This is mainly because:

  • The privacy policy of the third party provider may be very different from the partner organization
  • There are different regulations that govern content by third party providers
  • Partner organizations have been guilty of not sharing info about use of third party content providers
  • In an event of privacy breach, the partner organization may refuse responsibility

BYOD Trend

Whether organizations liked it or not, the BYOD trend saw a strenuous increase in popularity all through the first three quarters of 2015. Most organizations developed good policy guidelines to cope with the situation.

Now that employees are carrying their mobile devices, computers and the cloud with them, the internet security threats for the organization are even more escalated. This was rampantly visible all through 2015.