Top five cyber threats for 2015

2015 really does sound like the future, doesn’t it? It’s the year Marty McFly used a hover board and it also sees the eagerly awaited release of the new Star Wars film. (Let’s face it, anyone over the age of 30 is tutting and saying ‘should have just left it alone after the original trilogy’ – and they’d be right.) I am aware I’m mixing the worlds of reality and fiction, here.

I digress.

As the curtain begins to fall on 2014, I thought it time to take a look at what will be making the cyber headlines in 2015.

So strap yourself in. This is what we can expect in the future…

1. Attacks against virtual payment systems – The Apple Pay service will become a particular target. “The enthusiasm over the new Apple Pay is going to drive adoption through the roof and that will inevitably attract many cybercriminals looking to reap the rewards of these transactions.” – Alexander Gostev, Chief Security Expert at Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team.

2. Attacks targeted directly against banks – The back end of 2014 has seen several attacks directly at banks and ATMs. The word on the cyber street is that this will increase in 2015.

3. Mobile devices come under increasing attack – Fuelled by the exponential development in apps and staff using their devices at work, exploiting mobile weaknesses is fast becoming a favourite of cyber criminals.

4. Crime as a service (CaaS) explodes – The CaaS model allows cyber criminals to develop sophisticated tools before selling them to the digital underworld. Such tools can be bought at an increasingly low cost and are hard to trace as transactions are conducted on the ‘dark net’.

5. The CEO doesn’t get it – Cyber attacks make the headlines on a daily basis, with organisations of all sizes under attack. A major problem for lots of organisations, though – especially SMEs – is that the CEO just doesn’t get it, putting the entire business in danger.

There’s more chance of getting a hoverboard for Christmas than cyber threats going away, so what can you do to help mitigate these cyber threats? Well, a good place to start would be by downloading our free green paper on ‘Cyber Security – A Critical Business Issue’.

Get in touch and let us know what you think will be the biggest cyber threats of 2015.