Cisco cyber-sec exec cautions against malware alarmism

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

A senior Cisco cyber-security specialist has urged care when interpreting the many reports from researchers and security vendors on the spread of malware. In an email exchange with about software vulnerability exploits, for this month’s Cyber Kung Fu Master Class, Stuart Hatto, CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), field product manager, EMEA, Cisco Security, said some reports on the growing threat landscape were suspect. Hatto agreed that mobile platforms and smart devices have stretched the attack surface, offering more entry points to cyber criminals, but suggested that caution was needed when considering the many figures on threat detection and malware growth. He cited one set of figures that claim 97% of mobile malware affects Google’s Android. “Statistically, this is twisting the facts,” he told, “because while it’s true that 97% of mobile devices run Android, you cannot extrapolate that this means 97% of Android apps contain malware.” Hatto made his comments as part of a wider discussion about software vulnerabilities, covering their origin and methods for detection, as well as protection strategies for users and vendors. But, while accepting that many mobile apps and desktop applications were riddled with flaws, he doubts the scale touted by some sources. […]

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