The CEO of Top Patch, Chiranjeev Bordoloi, has consulted government agencies, financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies on cyber security for more than 20 years. Bordoloi is predicting 2013 will be the first year when virtual crime will cause death more than in years prior. He also predicts Smart TVs will come under attack from virtual burglars as more consumers buy these interactive televisions.
Bordoloi has an eye on trending security threats in the private and public sector. Here are his predictions for 2013 based on what his company is already seeing in the underground hacker world.
Virtual Attacks End in Human Death – Bordoloi predicts nation-state attackers will target critical infrastructure networks such as power grids at unprecedented scale in 2013, resulting in human casualties from a cyber attack. Violent extremist groups have already attacked nuclear reactors, hospitals and assembly lines at automobile companies. Bordoloi says these types of attacks could grow more sophisticated and slippery slope could lead to the loss of human life at an unprecedented scale.
Virtual Kidnapping of Cellphones –Cyber security firms, like Top Patch, are already seeing hackers in other countries hold phones for ransom, using virtual methods. It’s called “Ransomware.” Bordoloi predicts this new crime trend will go from celebrity victims to consumers in 2013.
Criminals will enter your Home using Smart TVs – Smart TVs are extremely vulnerable to attacks especially if they use wireless, unsecured Internet connections. As smart TVs begin to appear in more homes, Bordoloi says hackers will look for ways to invade people’s homes through their TVs. He says the attacks in 2013 will be geared more towards stealing content, like movies and games, but Bordoloi predicts as Smart TVs become more sophisticated, they will become prime targets by criminals.
Rogue Regimes use Cyber Terrorism to overthrow their Governments – The Department of Defense has already seen government-sponsored cyber attacks, but Bordoloi predicts 2013 will be the year when rogue regimes use cyber attacks to attack their own governments.
Bloggers will come under Attack- Many content management systems don’t have tight security measures to protect content created by writers and bloggers. Bordoloi predicts hackers will exploit these security weaknesses in 2013. These attacks will enable hackers to host malware, spread viruses and steal data from loyal visitors who visit these sites frequently.
Attacks will follow Natural Disasters – Cyber criminals like to attack when people are most vulnerable. Many networks go down during natural disasters, leaving security gaps for cyber criminals. With the rise of natural disasters in 2013, we can expect more systems to become vulnerable, leaving more opportunities for cyber criminals to exploit.
Top Patch is a global leader in cyber security. Its clients include the largest federal government agencies overseeing the safety of our transportation, commercial and business infrastructures. Top Patch has also protected Fortune 500 companies and well-known, established nonprofits.
Top Patch was the first cyber security company to develop a patented-pending Peer-to-Peer Security Patch Management Software that exponentially improves on the “old” way of securing computers, which required all security to go through one server. With the Top Patch “Remediation Vault,” computers are protected via one another – a digital version of “see something, say something.” The CEO of Top Patch, CJ Bordoloi, has spent more than 20 years protecting critical assets in the financial and media industries. You can read more on Mr. Bordoloi at http://www.toppatch.com/company/toppatch-team/