Unfortunately, 2014 was another “good” year for cyberattacks that siphoned billions of dollars in global economic productivity into criminal hands. Many of the attacks would be classified under “business as usual” type of occurrences –– targeted emails, ransomware and malware –– that you could have seen in headlines from 2009. The fact remains that many criminals are still very successful with these types of attacks. There were, however, some novel twists in 2014, the most notable being the Home Depot data breach that the retailer confirmed in September. Some 60 million credit cards –– more than the population of Spain –– may have been compromised in a five-month attack on its payment terminals. In this case, the thieves deployed malware on Home Depot’s point-of-sale systems, capturing the data after the cards had been swiped, but before they were encrypted deeper in the retailer’s computer systems. A second innovation, if you want to call it such, was the sheer speed and attack diversity we saw in 2014. It was quite remarkable. From P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, to Home Depot, Apple and Neiman Marcus, even Goodwill, thieves are branching out beyond the usual targets. When it comes to cybersecurity teams, I can guarantee you that the Goodwill security team doesn’t look much like Apple’s.
So, with 2014 coming to a close, here are my top predictions for cybersecurity in 2015:
After a rough 2014 for cybercrime, it would be great to say, “Oh, that speed bump is behind us,” or, “We built some magic widgets that will solve the problem.” Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Much of what criminals did in 2014 were slight modifications to what they’ve done before, and the pace at which we’re all responding is still too slow. Sadly, I see 2015 being another very, very bumpy year for cybersecurity.
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