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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.