Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Some predictions and a looking back

The current year is almost done so it is time to make predictions towards 2014. In recent days, many security experts are releasing their forecasts for the next year. In fact, we have mentioned some of them in our latest posts.

Nevertheless, for information security expert Javvad Malik the conclusions of this kind of exercise are usually quite obvious. In the video that accompanies these lines, he parodies such predictions, for example, by stating that Government spy agencies... do spying.

It is precisely the U.S. surveillance programs what have led to the biggest technology companies to sit in front of Obama to express their concern and ask to review the government policies about it. They say that all the NSA spying revelations in recent months have negatively affected their reputation so the have experienced how overseas customers abandon their services due to fear.

In his video, Mr. Malik also mentions cloud apps security, that "is not going to be just critical, but business critical." Nowadays, cloud services are an essential tool for companies. Therefore, in 2014, security experts urge enterprises to discuss with their providers five key issues: making security responsibilities clear, designing systems to provide meaningful log data, pervasive encryption, alerting users to anomalies and discussing protections from third-party access.

In 2014, it is almost a truism that the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend will be accentuated. Smartphones and tablets are very seductive for corporate employees due to their mobility. But this is a real headache for companies which see how they loose control over the hardware used on their networks. IT departments have a huge task ahead in rebuilding their security policies.

However, to talk about the future, we must look back to the past. For this reason, Symantec has released an infographic that describes the financial sector cyber threats landscape in 2013. It seems that trojans were the protagonists, as their infections increased by 337%.

Meanwhile, in Turkey, they can not say that 2013 was a good year. We just know that personal details of roughly 54 million Turkish citizens (70% of population) has been stolen by Russian hackers through some political parties’ vulnerable sites. Undoubtedly they must pull their socks up for the next twelve months.


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