Trend Micro recently released its report on security predictions for 2013 and beyond called ‘Security Threats to Business, the Digital Lifestyle, and the Cloud’. The predictions have raised more than a few eyebrows in the world of cloud computing, however, Trend Micro’s previous prediction accuracy and its continued success in cloud innovation and business and security technology strategy has meant that industry experts sit up and take note when these reports are published. Some of the predictions have been criticised as headline-grabbing, particularly the contention that the volume of malicious and high-risk Android apps will hit the 1 million mark in 2013. Yet, when you consider some of the malware seen in the latter parts of 2012 and early 2013, malware like Flame, Gauss and Red October, perhaps that prediction isn’t quite so fanciful. So what is Trend Micro tipping as its top 10 forecasts of 2013?
In 2013, Trend Micro predicts that managing the security of devices, small business systems, and large enterprise networks will become more complex than ever before. This is principally because users are increasingly breaking down the PC mono-culture by embracing a wider variety of platforms: each of these platforms has its own user interface, OS, and security model. Businesses, too, are grappling with protecting intellectual property and business information on the one hand, whilst they tackle consumerisation, virtualization, and cloud platforms with the other. This divergence in computing experience and apparent confusion will play into the hands of hackers and will create even more opportunities for cyber-criminals to gain profit, steal information, and sabotage their targets’ operations.
Trend Micro 2013 forecasts:
- The volume of malicious and high-risk Android apps will hit 1 million in 2013, increasing threefold broadly in line with the predicted growth of the OS itself.
- Windows 8 offers improved security—but only to consumers.
- Cybercriminals will heavily abuse legitimate cloud services as cloud computing becomes more attractive to cyber-criminals.
- As digital technology plays a larger role in our lives, security threats will appear in unexpected places because of insecure internet-enabled devices.
- Consumers will increasingly use multiple computing platforms and devices. Securing these will be complex and difficult.
- Politically motivated electronic-based attacks will become more destructive, and we will increasingly witness more instances of cyber-attacks that modify or destroy data, or even cause physical damage to the infrastructure of certain countries.
- Even data stored in the cloud will not be entirely secure, and data breaches will remain a threat in 2013.
- Efforts to address global cyber-crime will take at least two or more years to reach full implementation.
- Conventional malware threats will only gradually evolve, with few, if any, new threats. Attacks will become more sophisticated in terms of deployment.
- Africa will become a new safe harbour for cybercriminals; cybercrime flourishes in regions with weak law enforcement, especially where criminals who may contribute to local economies do not target local residents and organizations.
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