If 2017 was the year of ransomware innovation, 2018 is well on its way to being known as the year of cryptocurrency mining malware. Numerous studies have found that the most seen malware attacks today are designed for cryptojacking. But while ransomware campaigns may be down, they're far from out.
To have any hope of keeping up "with the exponential rise in variants in malware," organizations must reduce their attack surface, in part by using technology designed to learn what attacks look like and respond as quickly as possible, says Cylance's Anton Grashion.
Businesses undertaking digital transformation - typically involving a push to the cloud, amongst other initiatives - must put security first if they want their project to achieve optimum success, says Fortinet's Patrick Grillo.
Open source software components may be free, but that doesn't automatically make them safe to use. "There can be risks involved," says Steve Giguere, of Synopsys, who says these risks are often compounded by the pressure to deliver goods to market quickly and with new features.
As organizations move more data into the cloud, too many are treating security as an afterthought, says Outpost24's Bob Egner. Instead, as part of an agile development program, he recommends making penetration testing a constant, and using solid DevSecOps to maintain optimal cloud data security.
Numerous technology firms now offer facial biometrics recognition search tools for big data sets. But information security expert Alan Woodward warns that these big data sets must be "considered and regulated very heavily" or else we'll be "living in 1984 without knowing it."
Security experts warn that hackers could one day make use of machine learning and AI to make their attacks more effective. Thankfully, says Cybereason's Ross Rustici, that doesn't appear to have happened yet, although network-penetration attacks are getting more automated than ever.
What are hot cybersecurity topics in Scotland? The "International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security" in Edinburgh focused on everything from securing the internet of things the rise of CEO fraud to the origins of "cyber" and how to conduct digital forensic investigations on cloud servers.
Mirai-like, distributed denial of service attacks launched by IoT devices are an indication that DDoS may no longer be an external-only threat facing enterprises, warns Philippe Alcoy of Arbor Networks.
A computer security researcher has discovered a vast marketing database containing 340 million records on U.S. consumers. The database is the latest in a long line of databases to have been left exposed to the internet without authentication, thus putting people's personal data at risk.
Behavioral analytics have taken the fast lane from emerging tech to mature practice. And Mark McGovern of CA Technologies says the technology is being deployed in innovative ways to help detect insider threats.
Consumers are more concerned than ever about their identities being compromised, yet they're failing to connect the dots between fear and preventive measures, according to recent research conducted by IDology. John Dancu, the company's CEO, explains the implications for businesses.
Organizations are increasingly tapping behavioral analytics to help incident responders "correlate data from multiple sources and save time in the response workflow" - in other words, to more quickly detect and mitigate breaches, says Nick Bilogorskiy at Juniper Networks.