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Emerging Cyber Threats Report 2014

Georgia Tech has issued its annual report which looks at emerging cyber threats. The report was released at the annual Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit, a gathering of industry and academic leaders who have distinguished themselves in the field of cyber security.

As more businesses find their way into the cloud, few engage in security measures beyond those provided by the associated cloud storage firm, the report notes. Even fewer seek heightened data protection because of concerns that usability and access to remote data would be significantly reduced.

"With recent revelations of data collection by the federal government, we will continue to see a focus on cloud security," said Wenke Lee, director of GTISC. "But encryption in the cloud often impacts data accessibility and processing speed. So we are likely to see increased debate about the tradeoffs between security, functionality and efficiency."

In related findings, the report highlights security issues involving the ‘Internet of Things,’ referring to the notion that the increase of Internet-capable devices could create opportunities remote hacking and data leakage. With everything from home automation to smartphones and other personal devices becoming connected to the Internet, these devices will capture more real-world information and could permit outside parties, companies, and governments to misuse that information.

In the mobile space, even though designers of mobile devices and tablets have developed a robust ecosystem to prevent large-scale device compromises, the report finds that the threat of malicious and potentially targeted use remains.

Read the report (PDF).

•Date: 7th November 2013 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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