Cisco: Cyberattacks growing, looking more legit

Sees 90 percent growth in threats originating from legitimate domains, report says

And targeted phishing -- spear-phishing -- is also expected to become more prevalent as attackers personalize spam and make messages appear more credible, Cisco says.

Some 2009 trends to look for, according to Cisco are:

  • Insider threats -- The global economic downturn may prompt more security incidents involving employees.
  • Data loss -- Companies to to adopt technology, education and clear, well-enforced data security policies to make compliance easier and reduce incidents of data loss due to carelessness, breaches by hackers, or malicious insiders.
  • Mobility, remote working and new tools as risk factors -- The trend toward remote working and the related use of Web-based tools, mobile devices, virtualization, cloud computing and similar technologies will be a challenge for security personnel, as the increasing number of devices and applications in use can make the expanding network more susceptible to new threats.

The free report is available here. Data sources for the report came from multiple Cisco divisions continuously assessing and correlating Internet threats and vulnerabilities.

Cisco posted three video blogs this week to review the report's results: Overview of the Report, Botnets and Reputation Hijacking. The company is also conducting an Internet TV broadcast to discuss the report's findings.

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