Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Symantec: New era of mega-data leaks' has arrived

According to Symantec, a new era of "mega-data leaks' dawned. Cyber ​​attacks are becoming larger and cost tens of millions of dollars in damage.

At the end of 2013, the most damaging cyber attacks occurred in history, according to the annual Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) from Symantec. The report shows a significant change seen in the way cybercriminals operate. Kept criminals rather mainly with fast attacks that had a small profit result, now they take months to prepare that generate a lot of money. Larger data leaks for
"A mega attack produces sometimes the same as 50 smaller attacks," said Tom Welling, Security Expert at Symantec Benelux. "Although the level of attacks continues to rise, more and more criminals have more patience and they wait until they can commit to deliver more money with a major attack."

The report also reveals that cyber criminals often use networks in the Netherlands to commit cyber attacks. If so-called "threat-source country rises Netherlands internationally from place to place 7 4. In the top ten of threat-source countries, only the Netherlands and Russia increased relatively strongly in 2013.

The number of data breaches in 2013 increased by 62 percent compared with 2012. As a result, more than 552 million online identities exposed to cyber criminals. So Cybercrime remains a real and damaging threat to both consumers and businesses. In the Netherlands, the favorite sector of cybercriminals each attack varies. The telecom industry is the biggest target for spam (77 percent), followed by the financial sector (64 percent). When it comes to malware, it is the largest retail target.

Compared to 2012, targeted attacks increased by 91 percent in 2013. Moreover, the attacks in 2013 lasted on average three times as long. Looking at occupations, personal assistants and PR staff are most attacked, because they are often a prelude to prominent figures such as celebrities or executives of large corporations.

According to Symantec, there are certain steps that businesses and consumers can take to protect against possible data leaks, targeted attacks, or general spam better.

Tips for Business
Know your data: information should be the focus of protection are not the devices or the data center. Knowing where sensitive information is located and where it is flowing, helps determine the best policy and the best procedures to protect the data.

Inform employees supervised workers in protecting their information. Give them an insight into the corporate policies and procedures for protecting sensitive data on personal and corporate devices.
Implement proper security infrastructure: strengthen the security infrastructure through prevention practices aimed at data loss, network security, endpoint security, encryption, strong authentication and defensive measures, such as reputation-based technologies.

Tips for consumers
Be smart in the field of security: Choose a strong password and update all your devices with the latest security software.
Pay attention: check bank and credit card statements for irregularities and be careful when responding to unsolicited or unexpected emails. Also be alert for online deals that seem too good to be true, because usually they are just that.
Know with whom you work, make sure you are familiar with the policies of retailers and online services that can retrieve bank or personal information. If this information should be shared, please do so via the official website of the company and not through an email link.

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