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Expect riskier malware threats this 2014

Ike Suarez | Nov. 19, 2013
Websense Report cites top dangers to cyber security for next year

Expect 2014 to be a year when cyberattacks become more complex and diverse, according to security solutions developer, Websense Inc.

The San Diego-based vendor announced that researchers at its Websense Security Labs have just released the company's 2014 threat predictions, a summary of which was furnished to media in a press statement.

"While the general volume of advanced malware will decrease, we predict the volume of targeted attacks and data destruction incidents will increase," warned the Websense statement.

Intensify Efforts

As a result, organizations would have to intensify their security efforts in 2014 as "attackers continue to seek new ways to penetrate traditional defenses at every stage of the threat lifecycle."

While warning that advance malware volume will decrease as volume of targeted attacks will increase, it cited seven other cybersecurity dangers for 2014, namely:

  • A major data destruction attack will happen as more nation-states and cybercriminals engage in exploiting network breaches to destroy data
  • Attackers will focus more on cloud data than on data on the network , as doing so will be easier and more profitable
  • Redkit, Neutrino and other exploit kits will struggle for power in the wake of the Blackhole author arrest
  • Java will remain highly exploitable and highly exploited-with expanded repercussions
  • Attackers will increasingly lure executives and compromise organisations via professional social networks such as LinkedIn; their intentions, to gather intelligence on target networks
  • Cybercriminals will target weaker links in the "data exchange" chain, these being outsiders to the network such as consultants, contractors, and others who share sensitive information with large corporations and government institutions
  • Mistakes will be made in "offensive" security -retaliatory attacks by governments and other institutions -due to wrong attribution of an attack's source

The statement explained that over time, a high volume of advanced malware  exposes  cybercriminals to greater risks of detection.

Thus, their resort this 2014 to "lower volume, more targeted attacks to secure a foothold, steal user credentials, and move unilaterally throughout infiltrated networks."

Despite lower volume of malware, the risk to networks from more targeted attacks will be greater.

Founded in 1994, Websense was acquired last May by Vista Equita Partners for US $ 906 million. Now a privately-held company, it has delisted from NASDAQ.



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