The state of cyber security: the emerging threat trends

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Laba Thakuria
Pranab Kumar Goswami


Computer Security has become a major challenge in the present years due to the continuous global technological development and the different possibilities for the use of a computer. Cyber threats are growing at an alarming rate and at the same pace with the online use of Personal Computers and mobile devices. This work surveys the state of Cyber Security emerging threats landscape, through the overview of related works reported between the various years in the literature by stakeholders and experts in Information Technology (IT) industry. Different type of Cyber emerging threats such as a malicious attack, network attack and network abuse have been identified with specific interest on the virus, Phishing, Spam and insider abuse to mention but a few. It has been established that these Cybercriminals tools are exhibiting a common level of sophistication and advancement as the advances in computer and mobile technologies. The available countermeasures are found to be satisfactorily effective, yet Cybercriminals are creating new measures to overcome Security mechanism. It is also envisaged that as technologies advances, a resultant proliferation of cyber threats will be witnessed. Thus, a few government and Information Technology (IT) stakeholders’ strategic policies to help in combating cyber threats were presented.


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Laba Thakuria

Deputy Controller of Examination, Assam downtown university, Guwahati,

Pranab Kumar Goswami

Department of Engineering and Technology, Assam downtown University, Guwahati