Trust Issues: Cisco Annual Security Report 2014

It’s that time of year again, it’s January and that means it’s time for resolutions, new beginnings and looking forward to the year ahead. The Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report does just that, forecasting the top security risks and trends to help IT departments set their security resolutions.

Today I will focus on a few key takeaways from this report as a foundation for a more in depth discussion on this in the coming weeks from Cisco Canada’s Ahmed Etman.


Inside Job

Although logic would suggest that the majority of security threats reside outside of the network, this year’s report examined security threats that are generated from within organizations. Every multinational company surveyed for the report reported suspicious traffic emanating from within their networks as well as attempts to connect with sites containing malicious malware. Whether these malware encounters are happening knowingly or unknowingly, it illustrates a stark disconnect between IT departments and network users.


It almost goes without saying but the Internet is not a trusting place and IT departments across Canada may want to invoke a “trust no one” policy for 2014. Although the Annual Security Report reveals that spam volume is down, it is because malicious malware is better disguised in websites, emails and downloads from seemingly well-known/trusted sources.

BYOD, Mobility and Malware

Malware has gone mobile and with smartphone usage and dependency reaching fever pitch, the implications could be severe. Attention Android users: 99 per cent of malware targeting specific devices targeted you in 2013, what a staggering statistic. But not all mobile malware targets specific devices, many of these encounters are the result of phishing and forcible redirects.

Although the Cisco Annual Security Report may seem like a lot of doom and gloom, it could help IT your IT department avoid real doom and gloom of a data breach or worse this year.

If you would like to hear more about the 2014 Cisco Annual Security Report, read the full report online and be sure to check back in with us later this month for more on this announcement.

About Karin Scott

Karin Scott is the director of public relations for Cisco Canada. A Canadian tech PR industry veteran, Karin joined Cisco Canada in 2008 after leading the Cisco account on the agency side for 12 years. With a diverse communications background ranging from the performing arts to data centre, Karin works with Cisco Canada’s sales teams, customers, partners, the media and industry influencers to tell the Cisco in Canada story. She has an honours BA from the University of Western Ontario – and is an excellent parallel-parker! Karin Scott est la directrice générale des relations publiques pour Cisco Canada. Karin, qui a longtemps travaillé dans le secteur des relations publiques de l'industrie canadienne des technologies, est entrée au service de Cisco Canada en 2008, après avoir géré le compte de Cisco pour une agence pendant 12 ans. Karin, qui a des antécédents en communication très diversifiés, allant des arts de la scène aux centres de données, travaille avec les équipes de vente, les clients et les partenaires de Cisco Canada ainsi qu'avec les médias et les joueurs clés de l'industrie afin de raconter l'histoire de Cisco au Canada. Elle détient un baccalauréat spécialisé de la University of Western Ontario – et est un as du stationnement parallèle!
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One Response to Trust Issues: Cisco Annual Security Report 2014

  1. gbories2014 says:

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