Fending Off Cyber Attack

Security threats will continue to dominate the corporate landscape, and will come from three main areas: Mobile devices, the Internet of things and targeted personal attacks.The infamous industrial computer worm, Stuxnet, caught the world’s attention in 2010 for its sophistication. But such attacks remain a low risk to most organizations. Much more likely are lower level threats. According to market research company Infonetics, the worldwide market for desktop and mobile security clients is forecast to pass $7 billion (€4.9 billion) by 2015. The biggest growth is projected to be in mobile security clients. This is driven by the increasingly rapid uptake of devices running high level mobile operating systems.With increasing use of mobile devices, traditional perimeter defense methods, such as firewalls, are less effective. Coupled with a move to distributed cloud-based computing, security will likewise become distributed. According to Accenture, IT security will move from simply securing information systems, to securing processes. In a distributed computing environment, physical security becomes an impossible task. Most of the devices which are likely to be connected to the Internet of things are cheap sensors which would appear to have access to relatively little valuable data. However, if anything can be made to misbehave remotely there is likely to be somebody who will want to exploit it. Securing an Internet of things of 50 billion devices is simply impossible.

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