Cybersecurity Changes and Challenges for 2014

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With each New Year comes a new round of cybersecurity changes, challenges, and risks.

This means online businesses and other websites need to prepare for the year ahead against the risk of heightened and continued cyber-attacks by using new response solutions. In truth, as the Internet and computer technology continues to advance, so as the ability to carry out cyber-attacks and thievery, which has somewhat become a standard for Internet-based technology.

Cybersecurity changes means requiring organizations to take stronger actions and safeguards to protect against reputational, financial, and legal risks.

However, like the previous year, while organizations have invested in preventative security technologies, almost all remain unprepared to launch an effective response to a leak or intrusion until today.

Smarter sophisticated tools will enable companies to quickly uncover data breach details and react faster

Company proprietors and top management realize that even the best firewall programs and intrusion detection systems cannot stop all Internet-related attacks. But technological progress that occurred over the last 12 months helped companies to unravel events and to see with almost real-time visibility what’s happened to their data and how much damage has been done.

Though there has been a dramatic improvement in response technology over the last year, companies have never really had an opportunity to enhance their existing system with solutions that can provide informed and timely response.

As cloud and BYOD adoption continues to accelerate, implementing policies and managing technologies will require greater accountability

The development and evolution of cloud services and BYOD have moved at a fast pace, leaving IT departments scrambling to get out in front of the technologies and employee usage. This year, IT leaders will need to work closely with higher management to adapt corporate policies in a way that addresses changing legal risks, while effectively meeting the needs of the organization.

Unfortunately, up until now, cloud and BYOD adoption has been like the old Wild West, that is, uncharted, unregulated, and facing few restrictions.

While it’s implausible to anticipate every possible risk presented by the use of the cloud and BYOD, companies that can integrate these technologies into their corporate policies, IT security, and risk-management plans will be more prepared in fulfilling their legal obligations.

Fragmentation of the Internet

2014 is likely to become the year when fragmentation of the Internet will become fully visible. The loss of international trust in the field of global communications that has followed the Edward Snowden scandal will result in the emergence of more cyber-borders and new parallel secure networks.

The new networks will be run by governments to protect their communications and national infrastructure from any sort of foreign intrusion. This will increase the security and reliability of cyber-infrastructure, but also divert resources away from public initiatives and global Internet projects and businesses, and perhaps pose a threat to the existence of the borderless Internet in the near future.

Smarter and more evolved malware

As technology gets even more portable and powerful, the continued evolution of mobile malware will be a trending threat for 2014. This takes advantage of the fact that people have an increasing reliance on their smartphones and tablets as a place to store sensitive information, such as bank details. As malware continues to evolve, ransomware will also continue to increase, using the most graphic scare tactics, forcing people to pay for their scam.

Aside from this, malicious browser plugins, rogue antivirus software, and a slew of other malware programs will continue to attack the increasingly popular Mac OS. Therefore, proactive layers of security software are the only way to stop these harmful and evolving criminals.

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