The past year has certainly been a very busy one. We have seen an increase in targeted malware and ransomware (anyone not heard of Cryptolocker?), confirmation that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on a grand scale, and quite a few obligatory data loss incidents.
Is 2014 going to be a different year? On many fronts, I believe it will.
Firstly, the criminals now know that targeted malware and ransomware works, if the price is right. With payments in Bitcoins, the recipients of the ransom money are very hard to trace, adding to the criminals' business case.
Read more on security priorities for 2014
- Security Think Tank: ISF’s top security threats for 2014
- Security Think Tank: KuppingerCole’s security predictions for 2014
- Security Think Tank: Lock up personal information in 2014, says ISSA-UK
- Security Think Tank: BYOD requires focus on security risk in 2014
- Security Think Tank: Old and new security challenges in 2014
- Security Think Tank: New data sources 2014 security challenge
Secondly, the revelation of the NSA spying will stir further in the software and enterprise security circles. The Jericho Forum's commandments of diminishing perimeter (due to networks no longer being trusted) will finally be recognised by CIO and CSOs, thus driving investment into the host, data and application security. That can only be a good thing, so thank you Mr Snowden for your whisteblowing effort.
Finally, these investments will accelerate research in data security, so I will be looking to make a few investments into startups.
Vladimir Jirasek is managing director of Jirasek Consulting Services.