Over the last 12 months, Check Point Software Technologies A/NZ engineering director, Geoff Prentis, has seen security threats “expand greatly” with a particular focus on SMBs.
One thing that stood out for Prentis was how the these small businesses increasingly became a target for C&C (Command and Control) attacks.
“The nature of SMBs often means they don’t have the dedicated resources of IT security managers and well-defined security policies,” he said.
As a result, Prentis highlights this as a reason why education and knowledge around security best practices for end users at SMBs is limited.
“This provides a perfect platform for criminals to target these organisations with malware, C&C and data loss attacks,” he said.
The next vector
2013 may have been a tough year for SMBs from a security perspective, but Prentis does not expect the environment to get any easier next year.
On the positive side, Prentis expects attack vectors in the SMB and enterprise spaces to decrease as infrastructure and services are continually moved into the Cloud.
However, this will instead mean that targeted network attacks will likely be replaced with attacks on Cloud data.
“Additionally, social media and mobile attacks will continue to grow as more and more businesses adopt these platforms for day to day business,” Prentis said.
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