From the Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit 2011, comes the Emerging Cyber Threats Report 2012. Along with Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report earlier, today is chalking up to be quite a day for cyber security. The Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit is put on by the Georgia Tech Information Security Center.
In the past year, we have seen a dramatic increase in the sophistication and reach of cyber security threats. Cyber attacks not only steal and abuse online data at an unprecedented scale, they can also have serious consequences for physical systems that are critical for our well being. As we increasingly rely on information from online sources and social media, we also face denial of information attacks that target our ability to access relevant and quality information. This year’s summit will bring together cyber security leaders with diverse expertise to explore the evolving nature of cyber security threats and the challenges we must address to secure cyberspace.
The summit had a keynote speech by Admiral William J. Fallon, retired U.S. Navy. In addition to the keynote speech, a panel of specialists from around the industry will be discussing threats, challenges, and what the future holds for the connected-globe.
The main take away from this event each year is the Emerging Cyber Threats Report. You can download the report (.pdf) that was just released this morning to read discussions on mobile threats, botnets, controlling information online, and the advanced persistent threats. Users continue to be the weak point, 64-bit computing is a positive trend for security, and the cloud is requiring new rules for security – Topics like those receive more attention and details in the report. Check it out for a peek at areas we should be paying attention to.