Dec 13, 2012 By asaphs |
2013 Threat Predictions
This past week, one of the frontrunners in high-performance network security announced their predictions for the top threats of 2013. The following are highlights of the top 3.
1. Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) – Generally known to target specific classified information by using various methods and vectors, this coming year they are predicted to target high-powered civilians such as CEOs, celebrities, and politicians. This prediction will be hard to verify since the attacker could easily remove the malware undetected and those who become aware will probably keep it hidden from the media anyway. The targeted information is likely to be used for criminal activities such as blackmail.
2. Two Factor Authentication – It seems as if one password is not enough to be secure these days. Anyone could easily download a program which can crack an alpha-numeric password no problem. Next year, we’ll likely see more web-based logins that will require a password plus a secondary password which will be either sent via SMS or a stand-alone security token.
3. Targeting Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communications – M2M communications allow wireless and wired machines to communicate with other devices which can solve many human error problems. However, the security of these systems is still questionable. Hacking into M2Ms has not been seen yet, but this is likely to happen next year unless there is improvement in their security.
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