Security Trends 2015: Developments in Exploits and Evasion

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Ransomware evolves into the cloud. Ransomware will evolve its methods of propagation, encryption, and the targets it seeks. More mobile devices are likely to suffer attacks.

  • McAfee predicts ransomware variants that manage to evade security software installed on a system will specifically target endpoints that subscribe to cloud-based storage solutions.
  • Once the endpoint has been infected, the ransomware will attempt to exploit the logged-on user's stored credentials to also infect backed-up cloud storage data.
  • McAfee expects the technique of ransomware targeting cloud-backed-up data to be repeated in the mobile space.
  • McAfee expects a continued rise in mobile ransomware using virtual currency as the ransom payment method.

2014 was by far one of the worst years for cybersecurity exploits in history. It seemed that news outlets were reporting a new major data breach every few days. And while breaches affecting Target, Home Depot, Sony and others grabbed the headlines, organizations across the world were being attacked on a continual basis. McAfee Labs reported in December that during the third quarter of 2014, it had detected more than 307 new threats every minute, or more than five every second, with mobile malware samples growing by 16 percent, and overall malware surging by a whopping 76 percent year over year.

So what can we expect in 2015? McAfee Labs predicts that malicious parties will focus on extended targeted attack campaigns, and will become more aggressive in their efforts to identify application, operating system, and network vulnerabilities – while working to break through the limitations of sandboxing technologies.

"The year 2014 will be remembered as 'the Year of Shaken Trust,'" said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president, McAfee Labs, part of Intel Security. "This unprecedented series of events shook industry confidence in long-standing Internet trust models, consumer confidence in organizations' abilities to protect their data, and organizations' confidence in their ability to detect and deflect targeted attacks in a timely manner. Restoring trust in 2015 will require stronger industry collaboration, new standards for a new threat landscape, and new security postures that shrink time-to-detection through the superior use of threat data. Ultimately, we need to get to a security model that's built-in by design, seamlessly integrated into every device at every layer of the compute stack."

This slideshow features the top nine security trends McAfee has identified for 2015.


Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

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