Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Today and tomorrow's uncertainties in information security

“The future is no more uncertain than the present” (American poet and humanist, Walt Whitman). Uncertainty is something that awakens in us insecurities, which leads us to be restless, but we have to live with it each day.

In this sense, as we can see in the new episode of Trend Micro’s miniseries, "2020", the threats of tomorrow could be devastating. But we should not be more concern about them than about the risks we daily face in 2013. By the way, do not miss this series that we bring you in today's video.

One of the big problems that lurks governments, companies or any of us is cybercrime. In fact, it is estimated to produce 12 victims per second, that is about 378 million people a year. It also makes about € 87,000 million per year, according with Norton’s Cybercrime 2013 report. Therefore it is still one of the most lucrative businesses in the world.

However, what is so clear is the total cost of cybercrime in the world because many organizations do not admit to have had this type of attack. Therefore, cybersecurity leaders from over 40 countries are trying to establish a single entity that can assess this kind of issues.

Nevertheless Internet security is undoubtedly an issue of paramount importance. There are many security forces chasing cybercriminals. The FBI, for example, just added 5 hackers to its Most Wanted list and offers up to $ 100,000 to someone who helps it to capture them.

The key point of many attacks lies on some vulnerabilities in our devices. For example, Microsoft has confirmed a flaw in Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Office 2003 to 2010, and Microsoft Lync that affects to a graphics processing component whilst working with TIFF image files.

We find another example on the flaws that smartphone manufacturers like HTC or Samsung build by customizing Android OS for their devices, according to a study from the North Carolina State University.


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