A security advisor's perspective on the threat landscape
by Mirko Zorz - Editor in Chief - Tuesday, 8 April 2014.
How do you see the threat landscape evolving in the next five years? What, still unknown, security challenges are upon us?

IPv6 and the Internet of Things. Home router vulnerabilities and exploits have been trending lately, and it is a very worrying trend. Until recently, routers have successfully acted as hardware firewalls for our home computers. But moving forward in time – there’s an entire home of connected devices that needs to be secured. Not necessarily to prevent them from being hacked or infected – but to prevent them from leaking data about our lives. Smart lights and the frequency to which they are turned on will be a very easy way to determine somebody’s home schedule. Automated, networked spyware collecting such data will become yet another commodity that both marketers and criminals seek out. The more ways in which our lives can be quantified – the great the amount of things there will be to defend.

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Why vulnerability disclosure shouldn’t be a marketing tool

Brian Honan, CEO at BH Consulting, talks about a recent vulnerability disclosure trend – a trend that he believes may ultimately cause more harm than good: security vendors using vulnerability disclosure as a marketing tool with the goal of enhancing their company’s bottom line.


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