Information security is priority for companies. Security threats and data privacy have been a major concern, there have been big stories of success and failures in the tech industry.
Here are some of cybersecurity’s highs and lows:
Companies Embrace Two-Factor AuthenticationLinkedIn, Twitter and Evernote launched a two-factor authentication feature. Providers require stronger passwords including encryption of customers passwords stored on their servers.
CryptolockerCryptolocker ransomware is a high-grade encryption against victim’s files which is spread to network-based storage applications and cloud-based backup services.
Bitcoin payments are demanded to retrieve keys needed to unlock the files from the infection.
Huawei TurmoilChina-based Huawei is under surveillance, following concern from the U.S. that its hardware components could contain back-door access for Chinese spies.
Cisco’s SourcefireSourcefire founder and CTO Martin Roesch leads security product innovation under Cisco. Sourcefire’s intrusion prevention system conducts real-time traffic analysis, sniffing and packet logging.
FireEye is Public
Java AttacksThe Java platform saw an increase of attacks targeting weaknesses in the programming language. Java vulnerabilities accounted for more than 90 percent of attacks in 2013.
Adobe Source Code BreachMore than 35 million customers passwords were exposed as well as the product source code. Investigators are still figuring out the cause of the massive fallout.
Mandiant APT1 ReportThe Mandiant APT1 report exposed China as the source of cyberspionage activity towards the U.S. The report discovered attacks designed to steal intellectual property from many government agencies and defense contractors.
Edward Snowden’s LeaksThe government contractor stole thousands of classified documents outlining the extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance. Cell phone metadata collection, used encryption algorithms to gather massive amounts of Internet communication from major firms.
Lets hope next year tech industries will have more achievements than defeats…
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The 10 Biggest Security Stories Of 2013 – CRN