With the end of the year approaching, many experts are weighing in about what types of cyberattacks will trend in 2014. Experts from Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab offered some insight for the next year according to ITWire. The security firm said the Edward Snowden revelations, where the former National Security Agency (NSA) employee released more than 200,000 classified documents, will affect how businesses safeguard their information during 2014. Alexander Gostev, chief security expert for Kaspersky Lab's Global Research & Analysis Team said in an email that businesses should prepare themselves.
"Snowden's revelations have intensified the demand for rules prohibiting the use of foreign services," Gostev told ITWire. "These aspirations will grow ever stronger and legislative restrictions will inevitably transform into technical prohibitions."
Kaspersky experts honed focused on three main areas where they forecast increased security for 2014:
Cloud Service Attacks
Experts from Kaspersky said a major trend for next year will be hackers continuing to target cloud services. Kaspersky experts said that if cybercriminals infiltrate the servers of cloud storage providers, they will be able to access a large amount of data from businesses and either steal or manipulate valuable information.
Software Developers A Target
Another trend Kaspersky experts foresee in 2014 is increased data breaches among software developers. Experts say that cyberattackers could easily get into software programs through a vulnerability and use them for illegal or fraudulent purposes. An attack similar to this happened this year against a software program from Adobe PC World reported.
Hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in Adobe's ColdFusion that let them infect systems with malware to steal data. The malware would still collect data even if there was a secure connection between the user and server.The Adobe data breach can have future consequences because hackers can use the Cold Fusion tool in order to manipulate other Web-based systems, which could result in numerous data breaches.
Preparing for Next Year
With the influx of cyberattacks over the past year and the trends on the horizon, businesses should do their best to upgrade their cybersecurity defenses in order to protect themselves against future attacks. Kaspersky Lab said that many criminals will be developing new techniques to cause data breaches and that businesses should be looking for new ways to protect user data. They can protect user information increasing the amount of Virtual Private Network (VPN) services and encryption tools they employ.
Mark McCurley is Information Security Advisor at IDT911 Consulting.