Conversations about IT security often revolve around technology and processes, and rarely about a third critical element: People. That’s a mistake, according to Jack Chan, a security strategist at Fortinet Inc’s FortiGuard Labs.
As the number of devices connected to the network increase, cybercriminals will continue to hone their prowess when it comes to IoT (the Internet of Things) attacks and advanced evasion techniques, while also continuing to exploit large-scale server-side vulnerabilities for financial gains and other nefarious purposes.
Fortinet has advised mobile device users to be on the alert for mobile ransomware, which has seen a steady increase worldwide in recent months.
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup a mere days away, Fortinet’s FortiGuard team is warning Internet users against an onslaught of Internet scams and attacks from the global cybercriminal community in the coming days and weeks.
Android was the dominant platform of choice for malware developers, representing 96.5% of all mobile malware infections detected by FortiGuard Labs in 2013, according to network security company Fortinet.
From Cabir to FakeDefend, the last decade has seen the number of mobile malware explode. In 2013, Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs has seen more than 1,300 new malicious applications per day and is currently tracking over 300 Android malware families and over 400,000 malicious Android applications.
Fortinet has rolled out FortiGuard Labs’ 2014 security predictions, highlighting five threats to watch out for next year.
As more people get mobile devices for both work and play, the amount of mobile malware has gone up and cybercriminals are increasingly targeting slack mobile security policies in the workplace.