If last year is anything to go by, IT users must be aware of security threats reaching them through mobile devices, says AVG AU/NZ.
According to AVG, identity theft is still on the rise and mobile devices are another way cybercriminals have found to reach and harm users. Cloud computing is mainly a threat for businesses as, according to AVG, “many organisations are relying more on Web-based technologies but aren’t investing in stronger IT defences”.
“If general carelessness continues to reign unabated, we’re in for another bumpy ride,” says Lloyd Borrett, security evangelist at AVG AU/NZ.
The company has compiled its list of top 5 security threats for 2011 and mobile devices come top, closely followed by small businesses. According to AVG, “while a growing number of cybercriminals are specifically targeting small businesses, 85 percent of small businesses refuse to see the danger at all”.
Social search, applications and the cloud complete the list of top threats, leading the company to urge users to “get smart about internet security”.