To date, many app vendors (Google, Microsoft, Apple etc.) have managed to retain control of their own stores. I think that, with everyone and his son now writing apps, some stores may struggle to vet every single program offered and remain timely. For that reason, it’s inevitable that a virulently malevolent code will infiltrate these marketplaces. With some programs, once they’ve been installed on a user’s PC, they are able to automatically install on all of the users linked devices. And it doesn’t mean that the user will be instantly aware that malware has been installed, as it could lie dormant waiting to be exploited when the time is right. Of course, it will depend on the program, but the right code could take advantage of a user’s apathy and abuse any stored credentials and automatic fills for various online accounts. What about a smartphone that is then used to dial premium rate numbers!
Let’s get mission-critical
With a depressed economy many organisations are looking for the miracle technology that will help them speed innovation, increase agility and improve financial management. Cloud has been touted as the very ‘miracle’ we’ve all been searching for – but insecurities have prevented many from taking the final leap. I think that could change. In 2013 I foresee out-of-the-box cloud infrastructures continuing to provide mission-critical, next-generation platforms for businesses providing a solution-driven all-in-one security environment for those companies looking for best-in-class protection. Notice anything awkward about the previous sentence?
While we’re on the subject of Cloud computing, compliance will be a big business driver. While many condemn legislation, it can sometimes be the necessary evil. My opinion is that, in this case, it will provide both large and small companies with a better approach to the BYOD problem.
In the last few years we’ve seen a number of high profile governments pointing the finger at each other with accusations of state sponsored spying. I think these ‘occasional’ rumblings about Government-sponsored site crawling searching for threats disguised behind the clever but criminal use of technology will increase. While I’m not sure which side of the fence I sit on when it comes to this kind of government cyber-sleuthing, what I do applaud is that it will raise public awareness of these and similar dangers lurking in cyber-space.
If the economy continues to sag--and I don’t need a crystal ball to predict that it’s highly likely to--then targeted crime will continue. Unfortunately, it is the end user that makes the easiest target for phishing and malware scams. I think we need to prepare for some creative campaigns -- people selling items that they don’t have to steal money. With what I’ve learned over the years, if I were struggling to feed myself and lacked morals, I could think of a variety of colourful campaigns that I could launch against the less tech savvy.
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