Cyber-attacks will become more destructive within three to five years, predicts Art Coviello, executive chairman of the security firm RSA.
"There's about to be a big change," he says in an interview at RSA Conference Asia Pacific in Singapore [transcript below].
Today, it's difficult for cybercriminals to launch a destructive attack from the Internet without some manual intervention, Coviello says. But when the Internet migrates to IPv6, the whole environment will change, he says.
In the face of increasing threats and a lack of protection from law enforcement, businesses may have to think about using 'active self-defence' strategies used by military and intelligence agencies.
Experts speaking at RSA Conference Europe warned businesses that criminals were getting past standard security defences, and due to lack of skill and numbers, law enforcement might not offer the required protection.
Companies monetizing user data, bad laws and the cyber-arms race are significant risks to information security, British Telecom CTO Bruce Schneier told attendees at the RSA Conference.
The three biggest information security risks in 2012 are the rise of big data, ill-conceived regulations and the prospect of cyber-war, a prominent security expert told attendees at the 2012 RSA Conference.