Attacks on IoT, cloud devices among emerging threats

Our Bureau Coimbatore | Updated on January 22, 2018 Published on December 30, 2015

FortiGuard Labs researchers predict that as in the past, Internet of Things (IoT) attacks and new evasion techniques will characterise emerging threats in 2016.

The Lab has, in its report titled ‘The Evolving Threat Landscape in 2016’, highlighted new trends and strategies that its researchers anticipate cyber criminals will employ in the coming year.

The top trends include increased M2M attacks and propagation between devices, worms and viruses designed to specifically attack IoT devices, attacks on cloud and virtualised infrastructure, new techniques that thwart forensic investigations and hide evidence of attack, and malware that can evade even advanced sandboxing technologies.

Ken Xie, founder and CEO of Fortinet, noted that each of the trends represented a significant and novel challenge for the organisations deploying the security solution and for vendors developing them.

“As one looks ahead at the threats associated with increasing connectedness and proliferation of new devices, the Lab will enhance its solutions to meet customer requirements,” he added.

The Lab has predicted emergence of increasingly sophisticated evasion techniques that could push the boundaries of detection and forensic investigation as hackers face increasing pressure from law enforcement.

Published on December 30, 2015
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