@IDGconnect What will be the single biggest security threat of 2016?

Security is always a huge topic in IT but, with high-profile breach after high-profile breach, it has really hit the headlines this year. So, what do experts think the single biggest security threat of next year will be?

Well, to find out we crowdsourced opinion by asking individuals to sum up their views in one sentence. Of course, it doesn’t always work out. Many people exceeded the sentence limit – so we cut their answers back. Whilst as always, others clearly focused on their company’s own area, at the expense of the big picture. But what we ended up with was a decent straw poll of industry views.

Finally, it is very hard to catalogue 74 “unstructured” responses into anything clear-cut. So, what we’ve done is divide comments into nine very loose categories and listed them below.
  1. People – (14 responses) this was the single most popular at 19%
  2. Data – (8 responses)
  3. New-fangled blackmail – (6 responses)
  4. It, the laggard – (6 responses)
  5. Hacktivism and espionage – (6 responses)
  6. The Internet of Things – (6 responses)
  7. Confusion and the wider business – (4 responses)
  8. Specific threats – (6 responses)
  9. Other comments – (18 responses)

Perhaps the most interesting thing that emerges from all this is that many of these comments aren’t really anything to do with technology at all. The majority are social and human issues… which is why they’re so hard to predict.

We’ve listed all responses below so you can form your own opinion.

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