Cyber Threats Know No Calendar But They Too Are Gearing For 2015


In closing business last year, Cybersecurity companies as well as technology players in the market gave their security predictions for the year 2015, with most vulnerabilities expected in the year centering around new technologies, Big Data, IoT and the Cloud.

2015 will see emerging top threats that are responsible for Cyber attacks taking new forms and making use of new operation methods, in order to override security measures set up by organisations and in turn exploit a large number of people across the globe.

This is according to a survey released by Kaspersky Lab, which continues to predict that as governments continue to publicly shame cybercriminals in the hope to reduce the menace, the criminals will make use of false flags even more widely, where they will make the attack appear as if it was piloted by another entity.

With Cloud platforms, the cyber attacks are going to get worse and new methods of data extrusion will be witnessed. The Internet of Things will be the platform through which new threats will be built around, infiltrating a new environment of home appliances where technology giants are now focusing their efforts.

In the light of electronic devices such as SmartTVs, wearables, printers, washing machines and other appliances being connected to the internet, data security threats are expected to make their entry into the same space, moving beyond just company networks and traditional devices.

“This year IoT will receive wider visibility due to its advancements as well as vulnerabilities. As systems adopt the technology, their exposure to threats will increase,” says Cyberoam in their security outlook report for 2015.

According to Cyberoam, dark clouds are expected to hover over the Internet-of-Things and iOS-based devices will be hit harder in the year than before as enterprises across the globe continue to embrace Apple apps in their operations.

Having the knowledge on what to expect from the cybercriminal world this year and using the enterprise’s cybersecurity team is however, not enough. Enterprises need to review their security options a new and be prepared for the aftermath of an attack. This is Why?

Remember how the recent computer breach at Sony Pictures over The Interview movie became a horrific drama, with the group of hackers calling themselves ‘The Guardians of Peace’ going to the extent of threatening the lives of anyone who would make appearance at the movie’s screening.

The hack at Sony cost the company a great deal as executives were widely embarrassed across the world for weeks and volumes of the company’s personal data amounting to about 100 terabytes were released to the world.

Sony is a big company, and yet it just watched from a distance as a group of hackers terrorized the company operations over a long period of time, leading to huge data and financial losses.

It is estimated that on average, it takes about 230 days before detecting a cyber attack activity and with developers building softwares and applications each day, it becomes harder to assess security risks when the tools being used to review vulnerabilities cannot keep up with developers trends.

In regard to this, company executives must consider the possibility of the Sony hack scenario happening to their companies and hence be careful on selecting the Cybersecurity company to hire for data security, or at least for maximum control in the case of a cyber attack crisis.

The security review process could be tacky as there is always a starting point and an end point, in this case for example, a company may want to start from establishing just how secure they are as a company and move forward to find the best fitted cybersecurity firm.

A cybersecurity firm that borrows information from a cybercriminal’s manual to secure systems may be the best option for a company that is keen to avoid loosing data files through breaches like the one at Sony.




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