Beware! Cy­ber­crim­i­nals are Here to Stay!

There is no magic-bul­let tech­nol­ogy that will guar­an­tee im­mu­nity from In­ter­net crime or de­ter­mined, tar­geted at­tacks, but be­ing pre­pared for the worst can pre­vent some at­tacks.

Voice&Data - - COLUMN -

Di­rec­tor - So­lu­tions Prod­uct Man­age­ment - APJ, Sy­man­tec

To­day’s cy­ber­crim­i­nals are skilled enough and suf­fi­ciently re­sourced to have the per­sis­tence and pa­tience to carry out highly suc­cess­ful at­tacks on con­sumers, busi­nesses and gov­ern­ments around the world. Their ef­forts have turned cy­ber­crime into big busi­ness with pri­vate in­for­ma­tion be­ing stolen on an epic scale.

In 2015, we saw how much con­sumer con­fi­dence was rocked by the num­ber of mega breaches that ex­posed the iden­ti­ties of mil­lions of peo­ple. The abil­ity for some or­ga­ni­za­tions to re­cover from a data breach was par­a­lyz­ing as we saw in the Ash­ley Mad­di­son data breach.

There is no magic-bul­let tech­nol­ogy that will guar­an­tee im­mu­nity from In­ter­net crime or de­ter­mined, tar­geted at­tacks, but be­ing pre­pared for the worst can pre­vent some at­tacks. So, what lies ahead for 2016?

As the year draws to a close, Sy­man­tec’s se­cu­rity in­tel­li­gence team has put to­gether the top se­cu­rity pre­dic­tions for the year ahead and be­yond.

Ap­ple devices have ex­pe­ri­enced a surge in pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent years. Ac­cord­ing to IDC, the com­pany now ac­counts for 13.5 per­cent of global smart­phone ship­ments and 7.5 per­cent of global PC ship­ments. This in­crease in us­age has not gone un­no­ticed by at­tack­ers. A ris­ing num­ber of threat ac­tors have be­gun de­vel­op­ing spe­cific mal­ware de­signed to in­fect devices run­ning Mac OS X or iOS.

Al­though the num­ber of threats tar­get­ing Ap­ple op­er­at­ing sys­tems re­mains quite low when com­pared to the com­pany’s main com­peti­tors (Win­dows in the desk­top space and An­droid in mo­bile), the amount un­cov­ered has grown steadily in re­cent years. In tan­dem with this, the level of Ap­ple-re­lated mal­ware in­fec­tions has spiked, par­tic­u­larly in the past 18 months.

Should Ap­ple’s pop­u­lar­ity con­tinue to grow, it seems likely that th­ese trends will con­tinue in 2016. Ap­ple users should not be com­pla­cent about se­cu­rity and

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