It is never a positive sign when one of the world’s leading security firms mentions how the world is currently in the “Dark Ages” of computer security. That particular statement was made by Kaspersky Labs CEO Eugene Kaspersky during the NCSC One conference in The Hague. Enterprises and consumers need to step up their protection sooner rather than later, as the number of security threats keeps increasing.

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The Security Cycle of Innovation

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One of the aspects very few people take into account when dealing with newer technologies is figuring out how to properly implement security. Kaspersky Labs CEO Eugene Kaspersky blames this lack of protection on the “cycle of innovation”, which brings technological advancements to the table first, whereas security takes a backseat.

In the case of the Internet, the protocol was developed several decades ago, yet there is still a huge lack of proper security when it comes to dealing with platforms and connectivity. Until security vulnerabilities are identified and patched, hackers will be running rampant, and breaching databases like never before.

Bitcoin ransomware, malware, database breaches, spam, and phishing attempts are just some of the more common threats consumers, and enterprises are dealing with on a regular basis. Everything needs to be secured properly, yet given the widespread and diversity of Internet-connected devices, that is much easier said than done.

Despite what some people might think, there is no such thing as a secure operating system. Many people assumed Mac OS X was safe from hackers until the first ransomware appeared not too long ago. The same can be said for Linux, which is not as secure as people would like it to be either. Although the number of active threats against these latter platforms is much smaller compared to Windows, there are still security vulnerabilities waiting to be exploited.

Coming up with adequate solutions will be the biggest hurdle, though, as it would require the re-development of future systems and existing infrastructure. Moreover, security audits and penetrator tests will need to become the norm, rather than an exception. Bitcoin companies need to lead by example in this regard, as most of them are dealing with customer funds on a daily basis.

Source: Tweakers (Dutch)

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