The threat of mobile malware and large-scale attacks to take down infrastructure may become reality in 2013, according to a report released yesterday by McAfee.
The security company says it is likely that a new Trojan horse mobile worm will trick users into buying and installing malicious apps without user permission. Another danger: unknowingly downloading a malware that cuts off communication with mobile service providers, blocking security updates that help to remove malware.
Such apps would allow the malware to remain for a long time, warned McAfee, who based its predictions on data collected on malware in 2012. …
The anti-virus (AV) market is increasingly getting to be a difficult business for market incumbents.
The top players in this space — notably Symantec’s Norton and McAffee, followed by Trend Micro — have seen their market shares taken on by a slew of smaller competitors in the market, including Kaspersky Labs, ESET, Panda, AVAST and AVG, amongst others.
What’s more interesting is that some of these AV solutions from these smaller firms are good, and might even be better than the incumbents, if you can believe the latest anti-virus comparisons released by Anti-Malware Test Labs just about a week ago. Anti-Malware Test Labs is a Russian independent security research firm that is not affiliated to any software vendor, and has shared AV comparison tests with the public since 2007.
According to them, both DrWeb and Kaspersky, both Russia-based AV solutions, topped the list of the 17 AV software vendors. More than half the vendors flunked the comparison test as they didn’t defend against enough virus attacks in the testing.
What’s an anti-virus security software company like Trend Micro got to do with clouds?
Well, they believe that the next big IT disruption will be cloud computing. Moving into security for clouds is thus a necessary evolution path for the 21-year old software security company.
After their Asia Pacific media day conference in Macau today this point was made really clear. Let me explain.
Customers rightly expect the software they’ve bought to just work. Security should be baked into the product rather than bolted on as an additional cost. The good news is that we’re moving towards this trend, e.g. operating systems bundled with anti-virus and firewalls, etc.
Techgoondu had the chance to be at unConference 2009 held yesterday at the Biopolis, thanks to the kind folks at e27 who had put together an excellent program that brought together some of the top forward-thinkers in the region. Here’s a recap of what I felt were the highlights of the event:
Panel discussion: Innovation in Asia and where is it heading? …
It’s CommunicAsia week this week, and the tech reporters here at the newsroom are running around Singapore Expo (where the exhibitions are) and Suntec City (where the conferences are).
At the opening of the yearly trade show today, the Singapore Government said it was looking into stronger, two-factor authentication for gov’t e-services, as part of what it calls the National Authentication Framework.
This means all those far-from-secure transactions that you have been performing on government websites will be a thing of the past. With the security provided by two-factor authentication, like what you use on online banking now, the Government intends to put in more “sensitive” apps in future.
In future, you’d likely have to not just key in a password, but also to key in a second password shown on a cellphone SMS or perhaps on a security token. Maybe, who knows, a fingerprint scan might not be out of order if prices for these scanners drop in future.
In any case, the IDA is to call for tenders in the next six months. But right now, the details are a little sketchy.
The date is not set for rolling out yet. Plus, what transactions can you do on it, for example (IDA said at a press conference today that perhaps you can even transfer CPF funds to pay for your flat – but will CPF allow it!)?
But who knows, when this more secure method for logging in is up, you might just not be feeling that scary feeling when logging in with that SingPass (which someone can sniff or easily guess) any more.