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According to Verizon's top Internet security expert, Peter Tippett, cybersecurity breaches are starting to level off and in the next 10 years security protection will become more effective and widespread as organisations band together to fight cybercrime.

Speaking at the Infosecurity Europe trade show in London, Tippett, vice president of technology and innovation at Verizon, said: "Based on all the data we have amassed over the last several years for our Data Breach Investigations Reports'¦we know successful security breaches are levelling off and that means we are headed in the right direction'¦By 2020, we expect life to be notably better for cyber users."

Tippett identified a number of trends that he expects will enable the improvement in cybersecurity:
- security will be more measured and more scientific; the long-standing 'lack of security data' problem will lessen;
- identity will become ubiquitous and simple for everyone; the use of reputation systems and the large-scale use of end-user network and other reputational data will be coupled with numerous forms of automation that will help users to avoid websites, e-mail and IP addresses with malicious content, or which have been recently involved in malicious activities;
- numerous security services will become part of the cloud;
- prosecution of computer criminals will increase over most of the decade. Better laws, logging and other evidence preservation, forensics capabilities, cooperation between worldwide law enforcement, and stronger, more ubiquitous and diverse electronic identity will all drive more arrests and more jail time for those convicted of cybercrimes.

Verizon Business, this week announced a new cloud based security service in partnership with Novell and a new security consultancy service, more details on page 2.

Stuart Corner attended Verizon Business' Asia Pacific press briefing in Singapore as a guest of the company.

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Stuart Corner

 

Tracking the telecoms industry since 1989, Stuart has been awarded Journalist Of The Year by the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (twice) and by the Service Providers Action Network. In 2010 he received the 'Kester' lifetime achievement award in the Consensus IT Writers Awards and was made a Lifetime Member of the Telecommunications Society of Australia. He was born in the UK, came to Australia in 1980 and has been here ever since.

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