I hope your organization made it through Cyber Monday, which really should be called Phishing Monday, what with all the offers of deals and discounts that we received in our inboxes yesterday. If you are interested in reading about my own anti-phishing journey, I posted a piece on my blog here about deploying Valimail, which helps manage DMARC and other advanced email authentication protocols. It wasn’t a simple process and I am glad to have had their help.
As the year comes to a close, a number of security vendors are compiling their year-in-review reports. I’ll try to stay abreast of these and highlight the best and useful ones to read, and so let's start the series with Bitdefender’s insights into the past year’s threats. It is based on their own global sensor network and from their customers. Ransomware is still king, with one in every six spam emails includes some kind of ransomware attack vector. Also on the rise this past year are crypto-currency miner malware, polymorphic attacks and Android-based Trojans.
Finally, one self-promotion. My analysis of the growth of connected car security research in Israel was posted today on IBM’s Security Intelligence blog, and came from my trip earlier this month there.
-- David Strom, editor of Inside Security