In a survey released December 15th by computer security company TrendMicro the growing dependence on cloud computing may open more businesses to cyber threat
According to the TrendMicro 2010 Future Threat Report virtualization and cloud computing move significant numbers of servers outside of traditional security means and expand the risk. Cybercriminals have the ability to begin to attach the data center and the cloud itself.
Although cloud computing provides cost savings and significant benefits for businesses especially businesses with various and widespread locations or small companies the potential risk for cyber attack is anticipated to rise significantly.
Current internet runs on a model developed over 20 years ago, and while “next-generation“ is being developed the it is still a long way from conception. Although the “next generation“ Internet offers more security, cyber criminals are going to try to exist in these spaces in 2010.
The more the Internet infrastructure changes the more opportunity for cybercrime. Cybercriminals are on the cutting edge of the Internet warns the survey. The survey also notes the changing landscape of cyber threat. The trend towards global outbreaks is diminishing and criminals are moving towards localized and targeted attacks.
TrendMicro also forecasts that risk mitigation is not as viable an option and drive-by infections will become the norm for downloaded malware.