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Brendan Ziolo gives security predictions for 2012

Kindsight offers security and analytics platforms that service providers embed in their networks to analyze Internet traffic for malware and other insights. By deploying the Kindsight Security Service, Internet service providers and mobile operators can now offer a powerful and innovative network-based security service that notifies users when their home network or mobile device has been attacked. Majority owned by Alcatel-Lucent, Kindsight is based in Mountain View, CA with offices in Ottawa, ON, Canada.

In the following interview, Brendan Ziolo, VP of Marketing of Kindsight discusses with Network Products Guide, editor-in-chief of Network Products Guide, mobile threats and gives his security predictions for 2012.

Network Products Guide: What are some of the most notable mobile threats recently? Is this all hype or a serious concern?

Brendan Ziolo: The most common mobile threats are Trojans concealed in pirated mobile applications. They are downloaded onto smartphones and installed by unsuspecting users. These Trojanized apps look just like legitimate mobile apps on the Android Market or on third party app sites, but target users by pricing them more competitively (often free).

Kindsight added mobile signatures to its Kindsight Security Services platform this year and Kindsight Security Labs reported a 4x increase in Android infections from early September to late November 2011.

However, it is still early days for mobile malware. When compared to the PC market, mobile infection rates are small but growing threat.

Network Products Guide: What are your top security predictions for 2012?

Brendan Ziolo: As mobile malware continues to grow, Android malware will become more sophisticated, more dangerous and will begin to make money for the cybercrimnal as part of the underground economy. Rootkit technology will be used to conceal the malware and command and control (C&C) protocols will become more robust. This mobile malware will evolve so it can disable security features on the device and protect itself from removal.

We’ll quite likely see the first Android malware that can exploit vulnerabilities in a network app to allow phone-to-phone infections via the Internet connection on Android devices in 2012.

We’ll also see stealthier botnets next year too. This year, we saw the takedown of the largest botnet, DNSChanger, to date, but this was only the tip of the iceberg. In 2012, we will see more super-bots that spread silently using existing infection vectors, bury themselves using stealth rootkit techniques and make every effort to remain undetected.

Finally, we hope to see more coordinated efforts between the public sector, vendors and service providers to take action on the growing malware problem, especially botnets. We have already seen initiatives on several fronts, including DNSChanger. Other countries like Japan, Germany and Australia have put in place programs to combat botnets and the Department of Commerce and Department of Homeland Security issued an RFI in late 2011. The growing mobile malware threat will provide additional momentum to get all parties to do more to work together and prevent ongoing attacks.

Network Products Guide: What would be your advice to evade home network infections?

Brendan Ziolo: There are several steps that consumers can take to prevent infections in their home networks:

  • Inspect your system for threats – Many anti-virus vendors have free scanners available on their site, which you can download or run in your browser, to detect and remove many types of malware. Some of these online scanners include: Microsoft Malicious Software Removal, SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner and others.
  • Run a System Check - To see if your applications, plug-ins and operating system are up-to-date and any security holes are patched, run a System Check, such as Secunia Online Software Inspector, and follow the instructions.
  • Update your antivirus software - Hackers often sneak past antivirus software because it simply hasn't been updated. To prevent these attacks, make sure your antivirus software is always up-to-date. In many cases, you can set your antivirus software to update automatically.
  • Keep your firewall turned on - Firewall software is often already available on some operating systems or home routers. Turning on your firewall can prevent hackers from accessing your computer to steal passwords and other personal info.
  • Protect your Wi-Fi network - Be sure to encrypt your Wi-Fi network with a strong password to prevent others from snooping or gaining access to your network. You will also want to change the default password on the wireless router.

Company: Kindsight
755 Ravendale Drive,
Mountain View, CA 94043 U.S.A.

Founded in: 2007
CEO: Basil Alwan, Chairman of the Board and CEO
Products and Services: Kindsight Security Service
Company’s Goals:

1. Our solutions must provide significant value to the consumer in their online experience.

2. We embrace the commercial and ethical practices of successful brands in the online space.

3. We advocate the highest form of online privacy practices.

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