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Big Data and Cloud Security Top Concerns for 2014

McAfee Labs has published a report with the predictions of threats in 2014 (McAfee Labs 2014 Threats Predictions), where in the list along with the apocalyptic threat of cyber-attacks on infrastructure, big data, and PC, there is also an attack on data breaches and data loss, denials of service, and malicious uses.
Many of the threats that come to the surface in 2013 is likely to spread in 2014, but cybercriminals improving their tools and malware and are ready to significantly affect the market in 2014.
McAfee expects to see an increase in attacks aimed at shared resources in any IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS (Infrastructure, Platform, or Software as a Service) cloud environment. The report said that large enterprises may have sufficient leverage to require cloud providers to put security measures in place that are consistent with the enterprise’s security posture. Smaller consumers of cloud-based services, however, will not and will need to carefully review the provider’s often ambiguous user agreement as it relates to security and data ownership. New cloud services may also expose new attack surfaces until the services reach a level of maturity that includes the instrumentation and countermeasures required to ensure the security of the data they must protect.

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