It speaks more to their strategies that are continuing to get more efficient all the time in terms of opaquing their activity through vast amounts of activity, sort of clouding it.FIELD: And Trojans seem to be the dominant means of infecting PCs.
FIELD: Well that's good news and it's great that the awareness is up and the number of infected PCs is down, and yet we're just talking about the attacks on brands at an all-time high and the spike in the number of unique phishing sites.
So when does this awareness sort of result in some success in phishing?
My question for you is: why are Trojans still so successful and what can we do better to combat them?
CASSIDY: They're successful because they're designed first to be opaque, to be invisible to a lot of different kinds of filtering systems.
Cassidy has been investigating the intersection of security technologies, electronic commerce, public policy and financial crime for decades in his many capacities.
TOM FIELD: Let's talk about a couple of the highlights.
It becomes part of something that industry and government manages. Let's say we stop at 392 brands and for the next ten or 15 years that's what it was. FIELD: You've been fighting this flu for a particularly long time, so my question for you is where do you see organizations both winning some of the battles and continuing to lose?
CASSIDY: Winning the battles on the operating systems are getting more secure. Once you get inside of industry, you have lots and lots and lots of rules.
The only thing you can do is continue to tune the anti-virus software to intercept the stuff and to teach people that their habits of navigation online really matter.
If they're wandering along a lot of unknown sites and a lot of unknown places on the web, they expose themselves to infection.
CASSIDY: When it stops making enough money for the bad guys to pursue it, which is something that can't be done by awareness alone.