Cyber safety is likely to be a major topic in the next few months considering the year we just had.
First, the internet suffered what some security analysts called the “biggest cyber-attack in history” back in March. Then, Edward Snowden’s NSA surveillance revelations shocked the nation and opened up a hornet’s nest of retaliatory hacking from all over the world. And to top it off, we ended the year with the unprecedented hack of Target customers’ bank information, forcing millions of shoppers to order new debit cards over the holiday season.
With cyber safety on questionable ground these days, Microsoft has come out with their top predictions for security threats in 2014 in order to give businesses and IT managers a heads up on how to handle what this year may have in store.
Scroll down to check out 4 of the biggest cybersecurity threats in the coming year as Microsoft sees it:
Prediction #1 –Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing predicts that new cybersecurity regulatory efforts by the U.S. government will foster more beneficial discussions about how the industry can work together to reduce cyber threats. Senior Director Paul Nicholas says, “In 2014, I predict that policy makers, private sector companies and vendors of all sizes will begin to see the imperative for harmonization and begin to align risk-based approaches to managing cybersecurity.”
Prediction #2 – Online services across the country and world have had to deal with disruptions this past year, and this trend will persist, according to David Bills, a chief reliability strategist at Trustworthy Computing. “Cloud service providers adopting contemporary resilience-enhancing engineering practices like failure mode and effects analysis and programmatic fault injection can help to reduce this trend,” Bills said.
Prediction #3 – Cybercrime will spike in response to this year’s World Cup, as it does with any large sporting event, says Director of Trustworthy Computing Tim Raines. Hackers will be looking for illegal ways to make money off the confusion and hype surrounding the games, using spam and phishing attacks to lure in victims.
Prediction #4 – To counter concerns over unauthorized access to private data, Microsoft predicts that we will see the rise of regional cloud services. They anticipate start-ups to begin competing globally, while existing providers start offering services sourced out of regionally-based data centers in order to alleviate customer security concerns.
Check back with our blog soon to find out four more predictions from Microsoft about what major cyber security threats you may face in 2014.
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