Ensuring that Windows 7 remains secure remains one of thetop challenges for the year ahead according to those fighting hackers on thefront-line.
Web and email filtering specialist Websense has listed itstop areas to watch out for next year with an expectation there will be moretargeted attacks against Microsoft applications.
There is also a prediction that email, which has beenovertaken by the web as the main route for attacks, will again become the mainplatform used to spread malicious Trojans and dodgy attachments.
Websense also predicts Macs will be hit by more exploits andsmart phones will be in the firing line as iPhones and Android handsets areused to handle more business data.
“The blended nature of today’s threats mandates that a coreunderstanding of the web must pervade all security measures – and that email,web and data awareness must be integrated to protect organisations informationand networks,” said Devin Redmond, vice president of business development andproduct management at Websense.
Late last month in a briefing with MicroScope covering theyear from a security perspective Ollo-Pekka Nieme, vulnerability expert at Stonesoft,said that Windows 7 had already become a target and shot to the top of theagenda.
“In the last two months there have been five criticalvulnerabilities in Vista, Windows 7 and Server2008 even with the new code base Microsoft is suffering these critical code-ledvulnerabilities,” he said.