"In the country, attacks by Filipino hackers against local Web sites will increase," predicted Bituin. "There will be more cases of Web site defacement wherein the company's Web home page will either be splashed with graffiti-like announcements or redirected to another site, usually that of a competitor."
He said the growing popularity of computer schools has also brought about a great number of technology enthusiasts who are all willing to experiment in the outside world with the tools they got from the World Wide Web.
"Viruses are still going to hog the limelight for years to come since they have been the most potent, destructive and effective means to deploy search-and-destroy as well as Trojan programs," said Dela Cruz.
Conorich pointed out that companies tend to overlook virus attacks altogether. "Most companies feel they have done what they need to do for virus detection and prevention. Unfortunately, these same companies are the hardest hit."
He emphasized that virus or malicious code education is as important as prevention and detection methods. "Users need to be trained in how to recognize executable attachments, questioning why they got one, and to save them to disk before opening them."
TIGHTEN KEY AREAS
So what will it take to secure the digital landscape? What areas should companies strengthen to keep them protected against these security threats?