Cyber Threats 2012

As time passes by us the technology around use increases in power, strength, and capabilities.  And as this happens there are those who create those problems that either make our lives a living hell, or give us those cherished opportunities, to show what we are made of…hmmm!

A new technology come available as does a new threat.  The US Air Force Space Command has tasked the 624th Operations Center with the determining and protection from cyber threats.  They recently released their January 9th issue of the “Cyber Threat Bulletin”, which is information based on McAfee that lists the top ten cyber threats.  These threats are:

  1. Attacking Mobile Devices
  2. Embedded Hardware
  3. “Legalized” Spam
  4. Industrial Attacks
  5. Hacktivism
  6. Virtual Currency
  7. Rogue Certificates
  8. Cyber War
  9. Domain Name System Security Extensions
  10. Advances in Operating Systems

The number one problem is the threat of attacking mobile devices, with which I agree, as there are so many people bringing their mobile devices to work for the purposes of work and if not properly secured they are the potential single point of failure for the business.  I am rather surprised that the hacktivism is lower on the list as we hear so much of it happening these days.  Embedded hardware, within the last two years there was a very well known company that had embedded code into one of their manufactured product lines and they were caught with their hands in the cookie jar.  Major lawsuit for invasion of privacy, hmmmm.

As I have said before, being aware is only half the battle…the other half is both being vigilant and taking action!

Cyber Threat Bulletin

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