Virus and Malware to become Top Technology Trends during 2011
On the basis of observation in the field of information protection landscape, Symantec has declared its storage and security predictions for the year 2011. Regional Director of Symantec in Africa, Gordon Love, stated that cybercrime has become very popular and rather suggested its trend shifting towards cyber espionage. The crisis is resultant because of the lowering barrier to entry into the world of malware and spyware.
According to Love, earlier lot of intelligence was required to perform all these kinds of cyber attacks, but presently spyware are very cheap and cybercriminals can purchase them for $25 (USD) only. This is evident from the fact that Symantec's release of virus signatures for security software in 2009 was comparatively larger than during the last 7 years. During 2008, Symantec wrote 9 Million signatures for upcoming viruses & malware and the number gradually increased to reach 20 Million during 2009.
Symantec claims that a new technology is out in the market almost on a daily basis. The underlying objective for the same is to bringing down the cost of business, and making it more convenient and regular.
Commenting Love stated that, taking into consideration the current sluggish and declining IT budgets, it is essential on the part of businesses to make more value from their expends in the IT sector. According to Love, an understanding of challenges, risks, and threats posed for a business, makes it prepared so that it can execute strategic initiatives including backup and recovery, encryption, virtualization, security, cloud computing, and archiving to secure and manage their information proficiently, as reported by Nigerian COMPASS on December 16, 2010.
Considerable growth of data is posing hindrance towards the effective management and recovery of data by an organization. Storage administrators should necessarily regain their control of information in 2011 or else the cost of storage will continue to soar and organizations will require extensive recovery time. They would also become inefficient towards meeting the regularity compliance standards, which includes privacy laws and e-Discovery.
The security firm also proclaimed that South Africa is reaching the topmost rank in terms of launching cyber attacks. It is not necessary that the cyber attacks are caused within South Africa, but they also originate from hacked systems that are being used without the consent of the owner.
Researchers also warned that they are witnessing an augmentation in number of infected computers in South Africa, which is probably the main cause for country's 50th to 43rd rank in terms of malware originating rankings.
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