Security, lack of privacy, hacking, phishing, etc. etc.....all coming up in 2018

It can't be said that 2018 has started out well when one reads the various prognostications from the "experts" on how things are going to fare on the security, privacy and hacking front - to name but a few - in the world of IT and the cloud.    A sampling:From HealthcareITNews:"Ramped-up attacks on the healthcare Internet of Things. More success with cracking passwords and biometrics. Increased risk from insider attacks. A heightened need for chief risk officers. This is what 2018 will look like on the cybersecurity front, according to professional services firm Aon's industry specialists in its new 2018 Cybersecurity Predictions report."In 2018, we anticipate heightened cyber exposure due to a convergence of three trends: first, companies' increasing reliance on technology; second, regulators' intensified focus on protecting consumer data; and third, the rising value of non-physical assets," said Jason Hogg, CEO of Aon Cyber Solutions.****Just today it was reported that Florida's Agency of Healthcare Administration has been notifying 30,000 Medicaid patients that their data may have been breached after an employee fell for a malicious phishing email in November.Hackers possibly accessed Medicaid enrollee names, Medicaid ID numbers, dates of birth, addresses, diagnoses, medical conditions and Social Security numbers. The data of as many as 30,000 patients was partially or fully accessed, and Social Security numbers or Medicaid IDs exposed for about 6 percent."From HealthData Management:"Security, management and compliance challenges are impacting the benefits that organizations are receiving from using the cloud, as their infrastructures become more complex, according to a report by WinMagic, a data security provider.Some 39 percent of respondents surveyed for the research reported that their infrastructure was more complex since they began using the cloud. More than half—53 percent—spend more time on management tasks than they have done previously.""WinMagic surveyed 1,029 IT decision makers in the U.S., U.K., and Germany in November, and found that the vast majority of the organizations (98 percent) reported using the cloud, with an average 50 percent of their infrastructure now in the cloud. One third reported that data is only partially encrypted in the cloud, and 39 percent admitted to not having unbroken security audit trails across virtual machines in the cloud, leaving them exposed.From ITWire:

"A global survey of 800 chief information officers by digital performance management company Dynatrace has found that a little more than three-quarters fear that the complexity of IT setups in organisations would soon make the management of digital performance impossible.
To underline the point about complexity, the survey found that a single Web or mobile transaction was now crossing an average of 35 different technology systems of components compared to 22 five years ago.The survey covered 200 CIOs from the US; 100 each from the UK, France, Germany and China; and 50 each from Singapore, Australia, Brazil and Mexico.The reason behind the increasing complexity was the adoption of new technologies; but despite this, the trend was towards more complexity, with 53% of the CIOs interviewed planning to deploy even more technologies in the next 12 months."

As they say, watch this space, as we bring you updates on the state of play out there.   In the meantime, you can go a long way in protecting yourself by using LifeBank in your daily life on multiple levels - safely off the cloud, private and pretty well hack-proof.