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Cisco ASR 2013 highlights expanding connectivity

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Security risks in businesses are also on the rise because many employees adopt ‘my way’ work lifestyles in which their devices, work and online behavior mix with their personal lives virtually anywhere – in the office, at home and everywhere in between.

Cisco Middle East Survey Highlights Growing Online Security and Privacy Concerns
The increasing level of security threats has not gone un-noticed among consumers in the Middle East region. A survey conducted by Cisco in the Middle East revealed that a third of consumers in the region are concerned about the vulnerability of their online information and personal data as well as the possibility of identity theft. As a result, a surprising number of users (50%) prefer that their online browsing is kept strictly private and have high expectations that websites will keep their information confidential.

However, there are concerns that in today’s internet era, the age of privacy is over. Over three quarters of respondent’s fear that they are no longer in control of their data online and are worried about how much personal data is being captured and how it is stored.

The survey findings further revealed that:
•76% of respondents in the Middle East maintain 5 to 9 passwords as opposed to 29% globally
•Almost half (42%) of Middle East respondents’ ‘online identity’ differs from their ‘offline identity’. Globally this was 39%.
•More than half of Middle East respondents have multiple online identities (55%) as opposed to 44% globally.
•In the Middle East 50% do not want their online browsing to be tracked. Globally, 40% of respondents agreed with this.
•Half of respondents in the Middle East trust very few sites to keep their information private and secure (51%). Global respondents were less trusting with 49% distrusting most sites security.
•Almost three quarters of respondents in the Middle East are worried that their personal information is no longer private (73%). This concern was not felt as widely on a global scale with 54% of respondents worried about their personal information online.

Cisco ASR Key Findings:
Android Malware
•Android malware encounters grew 2,577% over 2012.
•However, mobile malware represents only 0.5% of total Web malware encounters.

Android malware entered the mainstream consciousness in 2012 with explosive growth and the first documented botnet. Malware, short for malicious (or malevolent) software, is software used or programmed by attackers to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. It can appear in the form of code, scripts, active content, and other software.

Malware includes computer viruses, ransomware, worms, Trojan horses, rootkits, keyloggers, dialers, spyware, adware, malicious BHOs, rogue security software and other malicious programmes; the majority of active malware threats are usually worms or Trojans rather than viruses.

Spam Trends
•In 2012, the majority of spam was sent during the workweek – Tuesday was the heaviest spam day of the year.
•The top spoofed brands involve prescription drugs and luxury watches like Rolex and Omega. (ASR)
Spammers maximize the ROI of their efforts, targeting real-world events with specific and short-lived campaigns:
-January-March: Windows software, which coincided with the release of the Microsoft Windows 8 consumer preview.
-January-March and September-December: Professional networks like LinkedIn, correlated with the desire for a career change during the beginning and end of the year.

The Internet of Everything & Security’s Future
Looking ahead, the Internet of Everything represents the largest online trend today. As more people, things and devices connect to the Internet, more data from more places will be introduced across corporate and service provider networks, which open up new vulnerabilities and a need for more sophisticated security approaches. New connections generate data in motion that needs to be protected in real time as it is evaluated for actionable insights through the network and before it’s compromised and causes irreparable damages. For network security professionals, the focus becomes content-neutral plumbing — shifting from the endpoint and the periphery to the network.

Fadi Moubarak, General Manager, Cisco Lebanon, “Each year, the security threats and defenses evolve and change and the Cisco Annual Security Report is our expert research, highlighting global threat patterns and trends. Today, we live a blended work-personal life. The hackers know this, and the security threats that we encounter online such as embedded Web malware while visiting popular destinations like search engines, retailers, social media sites and smartphone/tablet apps no longer threaten only the individual; they threaten our organizations by default. This year’s ASR, coupled with our Middle East survey, highlights this and other trends while providing the hard data, and ideas, for how we should be approaching security today and in the future.”

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