One of the areas that could well cause concern on thesecurity front next year is the emergence of threats targeting mobile devices.
The industry has been predicting the arrival of mobile phoneviruses for a few years but those monitoring the situation are now noticing acycle of development that starts with hackers proving they can do it before thecriminals take it up and monetise the threat.
So far the sorts of people that have been hacking intophones have been hobbyists looking for fame but their activities will pave theway for criminals warned Guillaume Lovet, head of threat response team atFortinet.
“We started to expect botnets on mobile phones two or threeyears ago but it has not happened yet.A lot of the big money threats have been on PCs but it may move at some point,”he said.
Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill, said that theindustry had been talking about mobile device security for years and there weresolutions on sale but the awareness levels were still lagging behind.
“It has been behind curve but it is on our plan for nextyear and as the threat profile increases so will the awareness,” he said.
He added that mobile devices often contained more personalinformation than desktops and for criminals “who follow the easiest path towater” the personal data stored on handsets was incredibly attractive.