Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2009

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Title: Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2009
Author: Ahamad, Mustaque ; Amster, Dave ; Barrett, Michael ; Cross, Tom ; Heron, George ; Jackson, Don ; King, Jeff ; Lee, Wenke ; Naraine, Ryan ; Ollmann, Gunter ; Ramsey, Jon ; Schmidt, Howard A. ; Traynor, Patrick
Abstract: On October 15, 2008, the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) hosted its annual summit on emerging security threats and countermeasures affecting the digital world. At the conclusion of the event, GTISC released this Emerging Cyber Threats Report—outlining the top five information security threats and challengesfacing both consumer and business users in 2009. This year’s summit participants include security experts from the public sector, private enterprise and academia, reinforcing GTISC’s collaborative approach to addressing information security technology and policy challenges. "As one of the leading academic research centers focused on information security, GTISC believes strongly that a proactive and collaborative approach to understanding emerging threats will help us develop more effective information security technologies and strategies," said Mustaque Ahamad, director of GTISC. "The annual GTISC Security Summit on Emerging Cyber Security Threats and our annual Emerging Cyber Threats Report seek to give us a better understanding of the cyber security challenges we will face in the years ahead." GTISC research and advance interviews with key information security experts from government, industry and academia uncovered five specific trends and some profound questions that will drive threats and countermeasures in 2009 and beyond, including: Malware, Botnets, Cyber warfare, Threats to VoIP and mobile devices, and The evolving cyber crime economy. In an effort to inform the broader community about current and future risks, this report will describe each emerging threat, existing or potential countermeasures, and how the threat may evolve in the coming year. In addition, our experts will offer their opinion on the role that Internet security education and regulation may play in further preventing the spread of cyber crime.
Description: GTISC Emerging Cyber Threats Report Contributors: Mustaque Ahamad, Director of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center ; Dave Amster, Vice President of Security Investigations, Equifax ; Michael Barrett, Chief Information Security Officer, PayPal ; Tom Cross, X-Force Researcher, IBM Internet Security Systems ; George Heron, Founder, BlueFin Security ; Don Jackson, Director of Threat Intelligence, SecureWorks ; Jeff King, Doctoral Student, Georgia Tech Information Security Center ; Wenke Lee, Associate Professor, Georgia Tech Information Security Center ; Ryan Naraine, Security Evangelist, Kaspersky Lab, Americas ; Gunter Ollmann, Chief Security Strategist, IBM Internet Security Systems ; Jon Ramsey, Chief Technology Officer, SecureWorks, Howard A. Schmidt, Professor of Practice, Georgia Tech Information Security Center, Patrick Traynor, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech, and member of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center.
Type: Paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1853/26301
Date: 2008-10-15
Contributor: Georgia Tech Information Security Center
IBM Internet Security Systems
BlueFin Security
Kaspersky Lab Americas
Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Computer Science
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Malware
Cyber warfare
Threats to VoIP and mobile devices
Cyber crime economy

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