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2014 Security Year in Review

26 Jan 2015 by Hannah Bridge

Security was without a doubt a hot topic for 2014. It seemed that all too often a new data breach or vulnerability would surface, impacting businesses worldwide. Many security breaches made headlines in the news, with the most recent being the Sony hack, where employees’ personal information such as Social Security numbers, salary details, and emails were stolen and made public.

Other big chain businesses faced major security breaches this year, such as Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, Domino’s Pizza, JP Morgan Chase, eBay, Michael’s, and more.

One cybersecurity threat in particular that made headlines is the looming Microsoft Windows Server 2003 end of support. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an alert to businesses still running Microsoft Windows 2003 to migrate or upgrade their systems, or they will face serious cybersecurity risks. Computers running the Windows Server 2003 operating system will continue to work after support ends. But, according to the US-CERT alert, “…using unsupported software may increase the risks of viruses and other security threats. Negative consequences could include loss of confidentiality, integrity, and or availability of data, system resources, and business assets.”

There were also many vulnerabilities that surfaced in 2014, which included Heartbleed, CryptoWall, Sandworm, Shellshock, Regin Malware, POODLE, and Backoff Malware, to name a few. In the latest “Vulnerability Update” report, security firm, Secunia, reported that there was a 40 percent increase in the number of software vulnerabilities from 2013 to 2014.

“Given the interconnectedness of everything, it’s nearly impossible to ensure all devices and systems are without security flaws,” according to an email statement by Jason Hart, vice president, Cloud Solutions with SafeNet.

Although 2014 may not have been the best year for security, there are many lessons to be learned so we can stay better protected for 2015. In addition, these recent headline-grabbing security attacks are leaving people feeling that this could happen to them. In turn, this is causing people to become more cyber savvy and careful about opening their personal and office networks to malicious software.

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