Forrester Releases New Threat Landscape – Proceed With Caution

Forrester Releases New Threat LandscapeBring on more fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Industry analyst Forrester released its latest threat landscape report this week.

Hackers are getting smarter and more sophisticated. There are many different kinds, but they all want the same thing—money, success, fame, glamour. How do they do it? With your information.

Banks are getting breached over and over and cybercrime is on the rise. But it’s no longer just the financial institutions. Rolls-Royce, Shell, Google, and Adobe Systems all fell victim to recent attacks.

Facebook is also swamped with scams to lure you to malicious sites. There are links to play games, get a free vacation, or even see who is viewing our profile. They all try to phish your personal info—your friends’ and family’s too! The same way social media targets you and your needs, hackers do too.

Threats aren’t just external either. They come from the inside too. Now hackers are gaining access through one of the many types of remote access and management software. Many of these connections provide access to third parties in order to remotely administer systems. It may just be your trusted partner that leads to a potential breach.

The best protection against modern threats? Invest in a solution with multiple layers of defense. Don’t assume your fancy highly-trusted anti-virus will automatically protect you from changing threats. Remember, the more layers, the better security.

Kelly Batke

Kelly is the self-confessed technology laggard who works in technology. The good news is she is slowly reaching late adopter status. Kelly enjoys learning and writing about the psychology behind technology—as in why do we buy what we buy, and how does that impact our environment?