Some of the worst online security snafus of 2012 of 2012 came in the form of DDoS attacks, cloud outages and political unrest. According to the National Journal, the United States Department of Defense lists cyber warfare as number three in the top list of threats. Trends Micro predicts in 2013 politically motivated cyber war between certain countries who try to modify or espionage on top-secret data which may cause destructive damage to infrastructures will increase.
PC’s remain the biggest target for malicious code but Apple’s image of invulnerability to security exploits is history. Essentially there is no difference between Mac and Windows computers when it comes to security. Malware creators are also targeting mobile devices as we experience a whole new set of operating systems with different security models and attack vectors.
Cloud database and digital lifestyle devices will make fighting cybercriminals more complex in 2013. Allowing employees to use their own mobile devices will continue to present a serious threat to network and data security in the upcoming year. Social media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook could be used for spear-heading phishing attacks.
- The volume of malicious and high-risk Android apps will hit 1 million in 2013.
- Windows 8 offers improved security—but only to consumers.
- Cybercriminals will heavily abuse legitimate cloud services.
- As digital technology plays a larger role in our lives, security threats will appear in unexpected places.
- Consumers will use multiple computing platforms and devices. Securing these will be complex and difficult.
- Politically motivated electronic-based attacks will become more destructive.
- Cloud storage or not, data breaches will remain a threat in 2013.
- Efforts to address global cybercrime will take two or more years to reach full implementation.
- Conventional malware threats will only gradually evolve, with few, if any, new threats. Attacks will become more sophisticated in terms of deployment.
- Africa will become a new safe harbor for cybercriminals.
While enterprises and government agencies have invested unprecedented resources in cybersecurity over the past few years, the incidence of new data threats and breaches remains at record highs. The most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (PDF) indicates that breaches involving hacking and malware were both up considerably last year, with hacking involved in 81 percent of incidents and malware involved in 69 percent. via Rethinking IT Security Architecture: Experts Question Wisdom Of Current ‘Layered’ Cyberdefense Strategies
Next year will be the year of the mobile security threat, according to Internet security software giant McAfee, based on the predictions report it released of the leading security threats expected in 2013.
- Mobile Threats
- Big-Scale Attacks
- Citadel Trojan Zeros In
- Botnets and Spam
The Top 5 Security Predictions for 2013 from Symantec are:
- Cyber conflict becomes the norm. In 2013 and beyond, conflicts between nations, organizations, and individuals will play a key role in the cyber world.
- Ransomware is the new scareware. As fake antivirus begins to fade as a criminal enterprise, a new and harsher model will continue to emerge. Enter ransomware.
- Madware adds to the insanity. Mobile adware, or “madware,” is a nuisance that disrupts the user experience and can potentially expose location details, contact information, and device identifiers to cybercriminals. Madware—which sneaks onto a user device when they download an app—often sends pop-up alerts to the notification bar, adds icons, changes browser settings, and gathers personal information.
- Monetization of social networks introduces new dangers. As consumers, we place a high level of trust in social media—from the sharing of personal details, to spending money on game credits, to gifting items to friends.
- As users shift to mobile and cloud, so will attackers.
According to Bullgard, organizations of all sizes are facing security challenges in 2013 including:
- More mobile malware than ever before, targeting mostly Android devices.
- More aggressive mobile adware invading user privacy.
- Online fraud will remain rampant in 2013.
- Mobile and online shopping will continue to rise, but not without increased risk.
- More advanced persistent threats (APT) will be discovered.
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- Install anti-virus software and update regularly.
- Install firewalls.
- Keep your operating system and browser versions up to date.
- Limit Admin access.
- Use strong passwords and different passwords on all accounts.
- Do not share your passwords or PINs with others.
- Use Secure Log-in and Log-out.
- Use secure wireless network connections.
- If you do use another computer, delete your “Temporary Internet Files” or “Cache” and clear your “History” after you log out of your account.
- Backup your content.