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So the fight between the industry and the bad guys continues but, if anything, this year’s Infosecurity Europe proved that IT security is getting more resilient and collaborative in order to keep data and networks safe.

For those of you that braved the buzz at the show this year, we hope your heads and feet have made a full recovery. If you didn’t attend and don’t ‘WannaCry’ about missing out, fear not, we’ve prepared a summary of trends from the show to get you up to speed:

GDPR: Information security professionals are beefing up their data protection protocols ahead of the EU’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Last week, research firm Canalys predicted that the new EU law will cause the IT security market to grow “exponentially” over the next 12 months due to heavy investments to keep data secure, putting a clear emphasis on the amount of investment and manpower required in order to adhere to the new guidelines.

IOT: The Internet of Things (IoT) growth continues to be a burgeoning concern for IT professionals as an increasing number of endpoints are connecting to enterprise networks through the BYOD trend and hence the number of risks are increasing. Speaking at the show, security technologist Bruce Schneider said, “Everything is becoming a computer, and that’s the way we need to think about the world”. When considering the scale of IoT, the security industry has a lot of work ahead of it in order to keep a wider range of consumer electronic products safe from a data standpoint.

Ransomware: 2016 was a turning point for ransomware with WannaCry taking its toll on the industry for several days and it has paved the way for even bigger and uglier malware. Already, we’re seeing new forms of malware such as Zusy being discussed, which doesn’t even need to be clicked and opened to infiltrate a device. The fight to protect enterprises and devices will need to get more robust as the malware becomes more innovative.

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