Gear up for evolving threats

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 28 Dec 2014

Mobile devices would be the favourite target of cyber criminals next year.

THE five biggest cyber threats Malaysians face in 2015 are sophisticated Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), rise of malware on mobile devices, Internet of Things, growth of underground economy and increasing influence of social media, says CyberSecurity Malaysia.

Mobile devices would be the favourite target as the cyber security landscape continues to evolve rapidly next year, warns the national specialist centre for cyber security.

APT for instance, will exploit the mobile device boom along with social media and users’ naivety to steal sensitive information from them, and CyberSecurity anticipates more critical sectors to be targeted, causing high impacts on security, prosperity and public safety.

CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab (pic) warns of a rise in online banking malware infections and malware targeting online shopping apps.

Big plans: CyberSecurity Malaysias new CEO, Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab wants to shake up the CSM culture in order for it to be the premier Cybersecurity reference point.

“It is expected that more attempts will be made to exploit vulnerabilities in open source apps. Attackers will continue their search for vulnerabilities or lack of privacy practices that can be exploited,” says Dr Amirudin.

While advising users to continue to take safety precautions such as strong passwords, never clicking on suspicious links or answering suspicious emails and securing their devices and machines, Dr Amirudin encourages them to also consider encryption when transmitting sensitive or confidential information online.

Cyber law expert Dr Sonny Zulhuda urges organisations to create and maintain their individual culture of security and privacy.

“They have to include cyber security as a critical governance and risk management factors in their operation and company policies,” adds Dr Sonny who is an assistant professor at the Civil Law Department of the International Islamic University Malaysia.

He stresses, it is also important for users to equip themselves with technical knowledge about the risk and threats to security.

“They also need to update their technical knowledge from time to time, because the modus operandi of the criminals become more and more sophisticated over time.”

Beyond the technology, users also have to check on their behaviour online.

“First, just don’t lose your common sense. If you don’t like others to peep on you in real life, you won’t want the same to happen in the cyber world. Also, you cannot just trust anyone without some sense of care and security, you just need to be aware at all times,” he notes. — By HARIATI AZIZAN.

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