Six Emerging Threats All Security Professionals Should Prepare For

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There's no doubt that mobile malware is becoming a serious threat. The number of malicious and suspicious Android apps grew to 175,000 at the end of September 2012, up from 30,000 in June, according to security firm Trend Micro.  When employees in BYOD workplaces use their mobile devices to access the corporate network, this clearly poses a serious security risk.

And it's not just Android devices that are vulnerable. Handsets from Apple and other manufacturers are not immune from malware infections, even when apps submitted to stores such as Apple's App Store are checked before inclusion.

Mobile devices present other risks too. Many mobile device screens make it hard for users to see what site their browser is visiting, making users vulnerable to phishing attacks. Additionally, researchers from Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, and Philipps University of Marburg, Germany, found that eight percent of free applications improperly implemented SSL and TLS connections, leaving users open to a man-in-the-middle attack, the report points out.

What you can do to mitigate the threat: The most practical way an organization can protect itself from malware on users' mobile devices is to implement some form of mobile device management (MDM). This can impose security policies and restrict application downloads to a corporate app store, which contains approved applications only.

The security threat landscape changes constantly, with malicious hackers developing new ways to compromise your systems as older vulnerabilities are discovered and patched. So it's important to be aware of the threats to enterprise security that are coming over the horizon and heading this way.

According to Paul Rubens, writing for Enterprise Security Planet, it's a question the Georgia Institute of Technology addresses in its Emerging Cyber Threat Report 2013, in which researchers identify at least six threats that all security professionals should know about.


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

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