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Hacking To Acquire Sophistication In 2015

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Cybersecurity created headlines and headaches in 2014 with large scale hacking attempts on almost all the popular cloud servers. Hackers showed the world how vulnerable a new technology can be. Thus, in order to help global businesses interpret and anticipate threat trends to defend against upcoming attacks, Websense Security Labs has come out with cyber-security predictions for 2015.
 
According to the report, the healthcare sector will see an increase in data stealing attack campaigns. The industry which is still transitioning millions of patient records from paper to digital form, many organizations are playing catch-up when it comes to the security challenge of protecting personal data. As a result, cyber-attacks against health care sector are bound to go up.
 
E-commerce has been growing at a break neck speed and is expected to grow further in 2015, thanks to the huge investments by corporate biggies. Cyber- criminals will accelerate the pace of their credit card data theft. In addition, these criminals will begin to seek a broader range of data about victims. These fuller, richer, personal identity dossiers of individual users, consisting of multiple credit cards, regional and geographic data, personal information and behavior, will be increasingly traded in the same manner that stolen credit cards are today.
 
Further, mobile threats will target credential information more than the data on the device. With the auto-login capability of mobile apps, mobile devices will increasingly be targeted for broader credential-stealing or authentication attacks to be used at a later date. These attacks will use the phone as an access point to the increasing Cloud-based enterprise applications and data resources that the devices can freely access.
 
According to the Websense's report, the email threats will acquire a new level of sophistication. Though the Web remains the largest channel for attacks against businesses, new highly-sophisticated email evasion techniques will be introduced and designed to circumvent the latest enterprise-grade defenses. Traditionally used as a lure in past attack scenarios, email will become a more pervasive element of other stages of an attack, including the reconnaissance stage.
 
"Cybercriminals are continually adapting evasive techniques and methods so they can circumvent the security systems that were specifically put in place to stop them," said Charles Renert, Vice President, Websense Security Labs.
 
It seems that more data and security breach is on cards next year. Hope the government and enterprises are getting themselves ready in order to minimise the damage. Fingers crossed!


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