RE­PORT

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Fortinet’s threat re­search divi­sion, For­tiGuard Labs, re­cently pub­lished its an­nual pre­dic­tions of the most sig­nif­i­cant trends in mal­ware and net­work se­cu­rity go­ing into the New Year.

Ti­tled The’ New Rules: The Evolv­ing Threat Land­scape in 2016’, the re­port pre­dicts that the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) and cloud will play a crit­i­cal role, and the emer­gence of in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated eva­sion tech­niques will push the bound­aries of de­tec­tion and foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion as hack­ers face in­creas­ing pres­sure from law en­force­ment.

Among the top cy­ber­se­cu­rity trends pre­dicted in the re­port are the in­crease in ma­chine-to-ma­chine at­tacks, and the prop­a­ga­tion be­tween devices. This per­tains mainly to IoT devices, as ex­ploits and mal­ware that tar­get trusted com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­to­cols be­tween th­ese devices con­tinue to de­velop. With that, there will also be worms and viruses that are specif­i­cally de­signed to at­tack IoT devices.

There will also be an in­crease in at­tacks on cloud and vir­tu­al­ized in­fra­struc­tures, as grow­ing re­liance on vir­tu­al­iza­tion, and both pri­vate and hy­brid clouds, will make th­ese kinds of at­tacks even more fruit­ful for cy­ber­crim­i­nals.

Fur­ther­more, new tech­niques will rise to thwart foren­sics in­ves­ti­ga­tions and hide ev­i­dence of at­tacks. Known as blast­ware and ghost­ware, th­ese mal­ware ei­ther de­stroy or dis­able a sys­tem when it is de­tected, or erase the in­di­ca­tors of com­pro­mise.

Fi­nally, as more se­cu­rity mea­sures rely on sand­box­ing tech­nolo­gies, so will the rise of mal­ware de­signed to evade it. Two-faced mal­ware, for ex­am­ple, be­haves nor­mally while un­der in­spec­tion, and then de­liv­ers a ma­li­cious pay­load once it has been passed by the sand­box.

“As we look ahead at the threats as­so­ci­ated with our in­creas­ing con­nect­ed­ness and the pro­lif­er­a­tion of new devices, Fortinet is com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing un­com­pro­mis­ing se­cu­rity and fur­ther en­hanc­ing our so­lu­tions to meet both the cur­rent and fu­ture needs of our cus­tomers in Malaysia,” said Michelle Ong, Fortinet’s Coun­try Man­ager for Malaysia.

Michelle Ong, Fortinet’s Coun­try Man­ager for Malaysia.

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