Computer security experts warn that the proliferation of malware and malicious software on the internet is making IT professionals more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
In a new report, cybersecurity firm Symantec found that the number of breaches has increased by nearly 100% since the first year of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA).
The cybersecurity industry is currently facing a new wave of malware attacks that are now so prevalent, Symantech said, that IT professionals need to “think about who they are trusting and how they might be trusted.”
The new wave is being blamed on the new technology of the cloud, which allows users to securely share and access files, data and other data without the need for a password.
In this regard, Symantsec said that a majority of cybersecurity attacks are now performed by third-party vendors or third-parties that use the cloud to store and access data.
“A lot of people have the misconception that it’s the cloud that’s responsible for this,” Symantebech CEO Bruce Schneier said.
“The truth is that it is the IT organization that’s been most affected by this.”
Schneier said the trend of malware being created by third parties is already affecting the IT landscape, as it affects cloud storage providers and other companies that rely on the cloud.
“We’ve seen a proliferation of malicious software that can be used to steal personal information and even steal the passwords to our servers,” Schneier told CNNMoney.
“The cloud is really the last bastion of cybersecurity, and it’s now in the hands of hackers,” he added.
Schneiers point to several factors that have led to a spike in cybersecurity attacks.
Among the most obvious is the rise of the internet of things.
The term refers to a network of sensors, devices, computers and other devices that connect to the internet and communicate with one another.
In addition to the increased use of the Internet of Things, the cloud is also fueling the cyberattack trend.
“This is all happening because of the proliferation and proliferation of new types of malware,” Schneiers said.
According to Symantep, the proliferation in cyberattacks on the web is primarily caused by the fact that the IoT devices are now being designed and manufactured by companies in a manner that allows them to be used for both the creation of malicious code and the storage of malicious data.
The use of cloud storage has also been a factor in the increasing number of ransomware attacks.
While ransomware attacks are typically carried out by remote attackers, a new ransomware known as CryptoLocker is now being spread via social media.
According the Symantek CEO, ransomware attacks have become so prevalent because many IT administrators have no way to protect themselves from it.
“They’re using the cloud for security,” Schneers said.
“What we’re seeing is that, because the cloud has become so pervasive, and because of that, a lot of IT admins are afraid to use their own machines.”
Symantec’s report comes at a time when cyberattacks are increasing at an alarming rate.
The number of cyberattacks have increased by more than 1,000% in the last three years, and Schneier warned that “cyberattacks are not only on the rise, they’re going up dramatically.”