(The Hosting News) – As technology continues its market rise, so do the threats: That’s the point top mobile provide Verizon made Thursday, issuing a stern warning that web app exploits could be a top problem in 2013, among other concerns.
The analysis was provided by Verizon’s RISK team, which based its findings on past data along with its 2012 data breach report.
Verizon noted web application exploits had a higher chance of affecting larger sized organizations, including governments, instead of SMBs. For its part, the RISK Team said entities shouldn’t ignore “secure application development.”
One of the largest hacking threats found, however, were issues related to authentication – including what Verizon said were “vulnerable or stolen usernames and passwords.” Data breach author Wade Baker, meanwhile, emphasized that 9 out of 10 breaches included “compromised identifies or authentication systems.”
And the other primary threat? Social engineering, which Verizon says includes deceiving tactics like phishing. To deal with it, Verizon says organizations should focus on education along with vigilance.
Baker noted the way Verizon conducted its studies differed from others. “Many security experts are using anecdote and opinion for their predictions, whereas Verizon’s researchers are applying empirical evidence to help enterprises focus on what will be truly important in the coming year — and also what isn’t,” he stated.
The company said attacks on mobile devices could also ramp up following what the company views as a market shift towards mobile payments.