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Trust Issues: Cisco Annual Security Report 2014

- January 20, 2014 4:48 pm

It’s that time of year again, it’s January and that means it’s time for resolutions, new beginnings and looking forward to the year ahead. The Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report does just that, forecasting the top security risks and trends to help IT departments set their security resolutions.

Today I will focus on a few key takeaways from this report as a foundation for a more in depth discussion on this in the coming weeks from Cisco Canada’s Ahmed Etman.

ASR

Inside Job

Although logic would suggest that the majority of security threats reside outside of the network, this year’s report examined security threats that are generated from within organizations. Every multinational company surveyed for the report reported suspicious traffic emanating from within their networks as well as attempts to connect with sites containing malicious malware. Whether these malware encounters are happening knowingly or unknowingly, it illustrates a stark disconnect between IT departments and network users.

Trust

It almost goes without saying but the Internet is not a trusting place and IT departments across Canada may want to invoke a “trust no one” policy for 2014. Although the Annual Security Report reveals that spam volume is down, it is because malicious malware is better disguised in websites, emails and downloads from seemingly well-known/trusted sources.

BYOD, Mobility and Malware

Malware has gone mobile and with smartphone usage and dependency reaching fever pitch, the implications could be severe. Attention Android users: 99 per cent of malware targeting specific devices targeted you in 2013, what a staggering statistic. But not all mobile malware targets specific devices, many of these encounters are the result of phishing and forcible redirects.

Although the Cisco Annual Security Report may seem like a lot of doom and gloom, it could help IT your IT department avoid real doom and gloom of a data breach or worse this year.

If you would like to hear more about the 2014 Cisco Annual Security Report, read the full report online and be sure to check back in with us later this month for more on this announcement.

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