When antivirus will stop, how to stay safe
The biggest threats to security aren’t the viruses, they’re the people.
That’s the takeaway from a new report by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), which found that about one-fifth of the world’s cybersecurity breaches happened at least in part because of people running unpatched software.
It’s an alarming statistic that could help to explain why the world is running out of time before the virus pandemic is over.
ICIT’s report, “Securing the Internet,” is due to be released Wednesday.
It also highlights the challenges that the IT industry faces in tackling cybersecurity, particularly in the context of new threats such as ransomware and phishing attacks.
ICIIT says that, if it’s not fixed, the internet will be a wasteland.
“While a lot of people are focused on ransomware, it’s important to remember that cybercriminals are not going to stop when they get rid of the virus,” ICIT founder and CEO Alex Pareene told CNBC.
“There’s no stopping them from continuing to create new threats.”ICIT’s new report found that there are two kinds of vulnerabilities that are especially vulnerable to hackers.
First, vulnerabilities in the way that software interacts with other software.
The report says that in 2015, about half of all malicious attacks in the United States and Europe were based on software that had been patched in 2017.
The malware, dubbed Ransomware, also uses techniques to trick the user into paying a ransom, which then triggers the system to shut down.
This makes ransomware more likely to spread if a malicious software company knows how to make it appear that the user paid for something.
Another vulnerability is that the ransomware doesn’t encrypt files.
That means if hackers get ahold of the ransomware’s keys, they can take control of the infected computer, shut down it and take the files.
The other vulnerability is in how software works to communicate.
When a system starts communicating with other systems, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in a secure mode.
This means that if a hacker got ahold, they could have control over the system and the files on it.
That’s where malware comes in.
The Institute for Security Research (ISR), a non-profit organization that studies threats to cybersecurity, says that the more software systems that are patched, the more secure they are.
So it’s critical that software vendors patch the software that they use to run.
The software is called a patch.ISR’s report shows that, since the beginning of 2017, the number of vulnerabilities affecting the internet has grown from one in four worldwide to one in five.
While the number might seem small, it represents a growing number of infections, which means that the cybersecurity landscape is not only getting worse, but it’s getting more dangerous.
“The fact that we have so many new threats, so many different threats that are getting more sophisticated, means that we’re at risk of losing control of how the internet works and who’s responsible for protecting it,” said Paree.
The Institute for Strategic Cybersecurity, an advisory group that focuses on the security of companies and organizations, also reported that the number and severity of cyberattacks has increased dramatically.
Cybersecurity experts say that if the pandemic has gone the way of the flu, it could take decades before the next pandemic begins.
But there are ways to make the internet less vulnerable to attacks.
It can be done with software patches, software updates, and the use of new technologies such as cloud-based services.
That would be an important step, but even without that, the next time you go online, take a moment to check for viruses.