As convenient as mobile and cloud-based solutions are for both work and home, representatives of ISACA, an information technology and cybersecurity nonprofit association based in Rolling Meadows, warn that there are a number of risks associated with their use.
“There is no question that cyberattacks are on the rise, but what is changing dramatically is the type of attack and the targets that bold fraudsters are focusing on,” ISACA International President Christos Dimitriadis said. “In 2016, organizations must be sure that they have the cybersecurity framework, knowledge, skills and resources to manage these new threats,” Dimitriadis, who also is group director of information security at INTRALOT, said.
ISACA has compiled a list of cybersecurity risks that anyone who uses mobile and cloud platforms should be aware of.
A major reason cybersecurity breaches will continue to happen, ISACA officials said, is because an inadequate number of IT professionals are well-trained to deal with cyberattacks.
“Too few cyber teams are prepared for the new forms of attack," Robert Stroud, past international president of ISACA and principal analyst for Forrester Research, said. "While phishing and malware remain problematic, IT leaders must quickly address new threats tied to IoT, mobile devices, the cloud and other evolving technologies.”
ISACA predicts wearables, medical devices, clinical systems, gaming systems and smart home devices will become more likely to be an avenue for cyberattacks. The most common form of fraud involving these areas is ransomware, wherein hackers lock the victim's computer until they make a payment to the hacker.
Another area where ISACA believes attacks will increase is on target cloud providers simply because more people are using hybrid and public clouds. Those who use these platforms are encouraged to take extra steps to secure information stored on them.
ISACA's list also includes privacy breaches, which it thinks will remain a problem, as most people who use the Internet for paying bills or managing personal accounts don't realize they are vulnerable to hackers. ISACA said malvertising - when hackers put malicious advertising on legitimate advertising sites - is also likely to increase.