As we say goodbye to the current year, we are unable to bid farewell as well to the destructive and malicious malware that made their mark. We are expecting to have malware with the same underlying platform which are made by attacking other vulnerabilities and weaknesses within the system. Attacks through mobile devices commonly used by people easily come to mind.
Vulnerabilities and weaknesses are usually exposed by users themselves when they abandon all security concerns in their daily activities. Many people will not think twice of revealing personal information on popular social media platforms without realizing that it is almost equivalent to personally delivering critical information to cyber criminals. The usual targets of this type of threat are the people surrounding a person of authority or having privileged access status in a company or organization. The information obtained can be used to come up with a probable profile of the real target, knowing the inclination of most people to use passwords related to persons, places, and dates important to them.
The wide availability of mobile devices in the hands of people contribute to the vulnerability of the whole security system. These devices are riddled with apps that although are useful, increases the chance of bringing in malware. Anything and everything can be transformed into digital form making it easy to penetrate security protection that are in place. Global systematic linking between financial institutions opens up the system of every participating bank or enterprise to threats that can easily spread out to the rest. Threats from insiders are as deadly, if not deadlier than external threats because of the big risk in having critical information fall into the wrong hands of people who are expected to work in the best interest of the company. In the face of all these threats, people have to strengthen their defenses even while enjoying mobility at its finest.