The Biggest Security Threats Right Now
Tech in Depth: As the cyber-security battle continues, the effect of the recession on security budgets combined with the rise of Web 2.0 puts new emphasis on anti-malware protection, patch management, data loss prevention and safer social networking. Internal communication is vital as companies brace for continued cyber-crime and the advent of HTML5.Security challenges for organizations are tougher than ever. Old scourges such as malware are taking on new potency as penetration tools and exploit kits are becoming more of a commercial affair, as attack sophistication is increasing through years of the ever-escalating battle of security researcher versus cyber-criminal and as more employees and customers are interacting with the omnipresent Internet in more ways. What's worse, the strained economy is putting more pressure on organizations to cut back on the scope of and spending on their security infrastructures. PricewaterhouseCoopers' 2010 report, "Trial by Fire," based on its Global State of Information Security Survey (with CIO Magazine and CSO Magazine) of more than 7,200 CEOs, CIOs, chief information security officers, chief financial officers "and other executives responsible for their organization's IT and security investments in 130 countries," points to reductions in scope and delayed implementation as the predominant current methods of cost control for security projects.
Unsurprisingly, 2009 was the first year of the past four in which the percentage of respondents indicating that security "spending will increase" decreased notably-by 6 percent-yet over 50 percent of respondents said they were "concerned about cost reduction efforts that make adequate security more difficult to achieve." They also said they believe that "threats to the security of their business assets have increased."