What are the major security threats? - 2012

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What are the major security threats? - 2012

  1. Identity Theft/Fraud

    28 vote(s)
    50.9%
  2. Data Loss/Breach

    13 vote(s)
    23.6%
  3. Malicious Insiders

    6 vote(s)
    10.9%
  4. Social Engineering

    19 vote(s)
    34.5%
  5. Exploited Vulnerabilities

    17 vote(s)
    30.9%
  6. Social Media/Network Attacks

    20 vote(s)
    36.4%
  7. Organized Cyber Crime Groups

    11 vote(s)
    20.0%
  8. Malware

    25 vote(s)
    45.5%
  9. Other

    7 vote(s)
    12.7%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Brian_12

    Brian_12 Guest

    In your opinion, what are the major threats facing computer users today?
     
  2. Hungry Man

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    Social engineering, vulnerabilities, and network attacks.

    I guess malware too? It's kinda the end result of most of these.

    I think a really small percentage of malware actually performs keylogging etc. I don't run into many pages trying to steal my identity - mostly pages trying to exploit or trick me.
     
  3. noone_particular

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    Your lists contains potential enemies, malicious goals, and methods used by the first to gain the second. It might help to narrow the focus of the topic along with identifying the target of the threat, eg. home users, business, industry, infrastructure, etc. Without specifying, all of them apply.
     
  4. Osaban

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    I really can't vote/answer such a question as only statistics can give an idea of what is going on, but I can certainly say that what I fear most are keyloggers and identity/credit cards theft.
     
  5. blacknight

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    I voted malware, meaning particularly rootkits, but it depends: if the poll targets the harmfulness, for a single pc or for the web ( botnet.... ) I say " rootkits "; if the poll targets the spread, I say Social Media/Network Attacks.
     
  6. Dark Shadow

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    Depending on how one's view is on major security threats.To me a major security threat is Identity theft/fraud because its my personal security and piece of mind.As far as just a computer being infected then my vote go's to Malware and social media/Network Attacks.
     
  7. niki

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    I added *other* apart from the 3 I voted for. The *other* (who) are users who surf the internet without caution by visiting rogue websites.
     
  8. Boost

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    Identity Theft/Fraud

    The other "stuff" I personally dont worry much about anymore.
     
  9. dw426

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    While I agree that the choices available don't quite narrow it down enough (considering basically you've just listed who does what and how they do it), I went ahead and voted for data breaching and malicious insiders. While the interest will always be there, home users are becoming less of a target as far as direct attacks. Data is money, and, Anon idiots aside, money is what hackers generally want.

    Sure, I can keylog your machine, and collect your passwords, eventually getting good stuff (if you bank online and/or do other very sensitive things with your system). But, if your hospital has weak security, or your bank, or your credit card company..guess who I'm going after? Also, more than a few times has a disgruntled employee or some insider out for themselves, abused their access to sensitive data or caused some other sort of disaster.
     
  10. Noob

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    -Data Breach
    -Fraud
    -Malware

    Those were the 3 i selected :D
     
  11. TairikuOkami

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    Identity Theft/Fraud - it is better to let someone else to pay for something almost without risk and just with little trash digging and/or some "harmless" social engineering.
    Social Engineering follows as well, since it works in 60% cases and it is sooooo much easier than bothering with creating mallware or hacking, which requires high IT skills.
     
  12. moontan

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    only thing i personally worry about is browser exploits.
     
  13. xxJackxx

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    Social Engineering. PEBKAC and PICNIC and such. :ouch:
     
  14. ronjor

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    Voted other. User apathy and learning computer security puts users at risk which echoes the previous post.
     
  15. EncryptedBytes

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    This poll will vary depending on the audience.

    For the average computer users:
    -Identity Theft/Fraud
    -Exploited Vulnerabilities
    -Malware

    Would probably be the top 3 of your choices

    For those in a cybersec role in a business or organization:
    -Data Loss/Breach
    -Malicious Insiders
    -Social Engineering
    -Exploited Vulnerabilities
     
  16. Brian_12

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    Thanks for voting, everyone. I'll make sure to provide more options next time. ;)
     
  17. carat

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    Social Media/Network Attacks ;)
     
  18. Mrkvonic

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    Other = users.
    Mrk
     
  19. Nebulus

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    Mostly "Identity Theft/Fraud", using "Social Engineering" and/or "Social Media/Network Attacks". I think malware will still be an issue, even though more people become aware of the problem.
     
  20. AlexC

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    Voted Social Engineering because it focuses in the weakest part of the "chain" of security: the user. One thing that concerns me is the abusive clauses in the EULA's, because most AV's can't target applications that use them.

    But the worst security threat is undoubtedly the legislation that probably will be approved this year in EU and USA that intend to violate people privacy, anonymity, and undermine their freedom of speech; under the false pretext of "fight against terrorism" and "national security".
     
  21. chrisretusn

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    Agree 103%. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
     
  22. Cybercrime Groups, they are becoming more and more prevalent and a worry to Corporations, Governments, and Individuals with their large scale attacks.
     
  23. mack_guy911

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