“Cyberspace 2025: Today’s Decisions, Tomorrow’s Terrain”

June 20, 2014

Microsoft’s “The Cyber 2025 Model” new study predicts that there will be 4.7 billion Internet users in 2025 and that nearly half of them will have come online between 2012 and 2025, almost entirely from emerging economies. According to the study, by 2025, India will experience growth of over 3,000 per cent in the total number of broadband subscriptions, from about 20 million in 2012 to more than 700 million. Microsoft Trustworthy Computing (TWC) is set to deal with the cyber-security issues that are foreseen as the big challenge in the near future. The force and pace of technological change over the next decade will present challenges and opportunities for individuals, societal organizations, businesses and governments. One of the primary challenges facing government policy-makers is how to balance massive technological change and simultaneously manage the new generation of risks to cyber-security, according to an executive quoted in the report.

Microsoft’s TwC focuses on creating and delivering secure, private and reliable computing experiences based on sound business practices. TwC security centres comprise the Microsoft Malware Protection Centre, Microsoft Security Response Centre and Microsoft Security Engineering Centre. To help protect users from malicious Web pages, Microsoft and other browser vendors have developed filters that keep track of sites that host malware and phishing attacks and display prominent warnings when users try to navigate to them. According to the “Microsoft Security Intelligence Report”, most attempts by malware to infect computers are unsuccessful. More than three-quarters of Internet-connected personal computers worldwide are protected by real-time security software that constantly monitors the computer and network traffic for threats and blocks them before they can infect the computer, if possible. Therefore, for a comprehensive understanding of the malware landscape, it is important to consider infection attempts that are blocked as well as infections that are removed.

Cyber 2025 according to Microsoft study predicts that at least 80 per cent of Internet connections could originate from a mobile device by the year 2025. Come 2020, over 50 billion objects will be connected to the Internet. By 2025, emerging economies will have overtaken developed countries as the larger market for in-home consumer electronics, with emerging economies comprising more 60 per cent of the global market. By 2025, most of the data created in the world will move through or be stored in the cloud at some point. Main Cyber threats according to Microsoft study includes an exploit which is a malicious code that takes advantage of software vulnerabilities to infect, disrupt or take control of a computer without the user’s consent and typically without their knowledge. Malicious websites where attackers often use websites to conduct phishing attacks or distribute malware. Malicious websites typically appear to be completely legitimate, and provide no outward indicators of their malicious nature even to experienced computer users. E-mail threats where more than 75 per cent of the e-mail messages sent over the Internet are unwanted. Not only does all this unwanted e-mail tax recipients’ inboxes and the resources of e-mail providers, but it also creates an environment in which e-mailed malware attacks and phishing attempts can proliferate.

Contador Harrison