Every year, our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) makes his predictions for the coming year. The most notable predictions he’s made in the past two years has been around the explosion of malware and high risk apps on the Android platform. Two years in a row, if Raimund has been wrong in his prediction it’s been because he hasn’t been aggressive enough in predicting the scope of the problem.
As he looks at 2015, Raimund has turned his focus from Android threats to targeted attacks being top of mind. In 2015, Raimund predicts, targeted attacks will become as prevalent as cybercrime is today.
In our report, we outline how targeted attacks are increasingly originating not just from China and Russia but also Vietnam, India, and the United Kingdom. And the targets of these attacks are no longer countries like Taiwan, the United States and Japan, but also Indonesia, China, India and Malaysia.
Targeted attacks are already broader than just the countries that we typically think of. And there’s every reason to expect this to continue into 2015 as more threat actors in more countries target and successfully attack organizations in ever more countries.
Targeted attacks becoming the new normal isn’t the only predication that Raimund makes. In 2015 he sees seven other major trends involving things like the Internet of Everything/Things, exploit kits against the Android platform, vulnerabilities in open source applications, increasing sophistication of attacks against online banking and even the targeting of new mobile payment systems like Apple Pay.
Overall 2015 promises to be a year that will test defenders as we move to counter an ever expanding world of threats and attacks.
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