Kaspersky Lab is a major, privately held security vendor that has teamed with IT security experts now for the better part of 15 years. Kaspersky is a key vendor in the delivery of endpoint protection solutions, and the company targets both large businesses as well as SMBs. It currently operates in close to 200 countries, providing protection for over 300 million users. From this vantage point, the company has now pieced together what it believes will be the key security threats enterprises and tech users can expect to encounter in 2013. When Kaspersky speaks on enterprise IT security we find that it’s usually well worth listening to what it has to say.
The most notable predictions for the next year include the continued rise of targeted attacks, cyber-espionage and nation-state cyber-attacks, the evolving role of “hacktivism,” the development of controversial and supposedly legal surveillance tools and the increase in cybercriminal attacks targeting cloud-based services.
Before we get into their 2013 predictions, let’s take a quick look at how the company believes 2012 – which it has dubbed the explosive year of malware growth - panned out from the point of view of the top 10 security events for the year (if you just can’t wait, scroll right down to the 2013 predictions, but the 2012 events are well worth the preamble to 2013):
Key Security Predictions for 2013
The future is always rooted in the present, hence the preamble above outlining the key trends of 2012 – which we believe offers a good starting point to looking ahead to 2013. Costin Raiu, Kaspersky’s director of global research & analysis team, puts it this way: “In our previous reports we categorized 2011 as the year of explosive growth of new cyber threats. The most notable incidents of 2012 have been revealing and shaping the future of cyber security. We expect the next year to be packed with high-profile attacks on consumers, businesses and governments alike, and to see the first signs of notable attacks against the critical industrial infrastructure. The most notable trends of 2013 will be new example of cyber warfare operations, increasing targeted attacks on businesses and new, sophisticated mobile threats.”
So then, for 2013:
It’s not a safe cyber world out there, and though being forewarned provides a measure of being forearmed, it will take a huge amount of vigilance on the part of enterprises to keep their businesses secure. Don’t trust your users to cover for your business. They won’t – it’s simply human nature. Enforcement must come from the enterprise side, and enterprises must make sure – especially relative to BYOD-driven mobility – that they urgently do so.
TechZone360 Senior Editor
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