In their annual security report, researchers from the networking equipment manufacturer Cisco, recently predicted an ominous security forecast for 2014 suggesting that the recent security breach at Target was just the beginning of more attacks in the future, according to an article published by ZDNet. The article indicates that “a gap” has appeared over the past few years creating difficulties for “skilled security professionals” to manage the “exponential growth for mobile and cloud technologies.” Cisco’s reports, according to the article, that this gap provides attackers with “unimaginable opportunities.”
The current flood of news stories regarding security and the constant reports of “wide-scale attacks” launched on Target and other retailers outlines the reality that the world could be faced with “unprecedented growth for advanced malicious attacks in the coming year“, according to the article. There are a number of “contributing factors” listed in the Cisco report that should be examined careful to see how all should be prepared for the future, according to the article. John N. Stewart, Cisco’s senior vice president and chief security officer for threat response intelligence and development, spoke about their researcher’s report in the article by saying that the collected observations “paint a grim picture” about what is to come in the future.
Stewart was quoted in the article to say,”To truly protect against all of these possible attacks, defenders must understand the attackers, their motivations and their methods – before, during and after an attack.”
Read more details about Cisco’s observations and how they outline how we should prepare for a predicted stormy 2014 in the full ZDNet article.