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Param Singh is a security innovator and thought leader with over 17 years of experience in threat hunting, threat intelligence, researching APTs, intrusion detection, big-data analytics, penetration/vulnerability assessment, security audits and secure network design.

7 Ransomware Predictions For 2018

It might surprise you to know that most ransomware victims choose to pay a ransom to have their data restored. As long as victims continue to pay up, ransomware will continue to be a go-to strategy for cybercriminals. Furthermore, Forrester Research predicts that cybercriminals will increasingly use ransomware in 2018 to monetise attacks, as end-to-end encryption in payment systems often prevents them from stealing credit card data. In 2018, ransomware will be used as a backup method for when initial attacks fail. Adversaries will adopt new strategies, which I will outline in this article. Interestingly, ransomware is also likely to be used to leave a false trail to conceal other attacks. So here are my top seven predictions for this year. Ransomware will: Target Linux systems Become more ...

Android Security, Ransomware, And Enterprise-Level Support

Ten years ago this month, Google announced its release of Android, which has since transformed the smartphone market landscape. Today, Android is powering more than 2 billion devices (including phones, tablets, televisions, etc.) and it has just started to pick up speed in the enterprise world. With hardware advancements, devices such as smartphones and tablets are rapidly replacing other gadgets we use both at home and in the workplace. Some estimate these numbers will grow to more than 6 billion smartphones by 2020. By replacing personal computers, many of these devices are used for everything ranging from web browsing, paying bills, online banking, digital wallets, and storing personal information to being used as point-of-sale payments. Therefore, securing these devices should be a top...