Trust in technology may be diminishing

Trust in technology may be diminishing

This year could be a big test for technology and the trust users have in the devices and websites they use, according to Rob Cotton, CEO of NCC Group. With hacking collectives, malware and more, businesses will need to ramp up security with measures like internet security programs, SSL certificates and PCI compliance.

"2012 looks set to continue to test trust – and companies are going to have to work very hard to rebuild and retain the user confidence that is crucial for them to function," Cotton said. "For both individuals trusting the sites they visit to be genuine and organisations trusting the reliability of their certificate issuers, trust in the security and authenticity of the internet is paramount."

Cotton said authorities are already looking for better security systems in the corporate world. He said things like verification of identify, certificate content and profiles, privacy, and confidentiality will all look to see security boosted on networks and the internet.

One thing that could help make things more secure is code signing digital certificates. Apple's website said it can ensure the integrity of the code coming in, identify it as coming from a specific source and figure out whether it's trustworthy.