2007 threat projection

The Message Labs 2006 Annual Report makes interesting reading – the most important section, though, is the chapter dealing with their projections for 2007. They forecast a continuing increase in spam, growth in the threat to users of Instant Messaging, and substantial growth in phishing attacks, domain kiting, and increasing encryption strength in ransom-ware. The suggestion that Windows Vista will be relatively quickly targeted is an issue that should be taken into account when considering upgrading.

Finally, the indication that low level, targeted attacks against businesses are likely to rise to 20 per day should be enough to get any semi-sane security manager paranoid about network security.