Websense Offers Top Five Security Predictions for 2011

Web security vendor predicts more, bigger, badder threats in 2011, sees social media, mobile applications as likely targets for cybercriminals.

December 24, 2010

D.H. Kass

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Websense Inc., a provider of Web, data and email security, is predicting 2011 to be a whopper for security threats as the vendor foresees more state sponsored attacks, an increase in blended threats, an uptick in corporate data breaches over social networks, a greater number of zero-day attacks, and an upsurge in attempts to steal confidential information from users of mobile applications.

“2011 will bring a series of dangerous threats that strip corporate data and immobilize infrastructure,” said Patrik Runald, Websense senior manager, Security Research.

Last month, Websense predicted that a new wave of targeted cyber attacks aimed at stealing confidential information housed at social networks and other sites that rely on user-generated content will overrun legacy protection systems such as firewalls, antivirus and URL blockers. The vendor said that its data tracking showed a noticeable increase this year in the number of targeted attacks.

Now, the vendor has offered its top five security predictions for 2011:

-- Expect one or two more state-sponsored malware attacks similar to Stuxnet in 2011 that to probe national infrastructure systems to see what will work in future attacks.

-- Blended threats will continue to evolve using a variety of delivery methods such as script-based or embedded in rich media. IT departments will be forced to expand the reach of their defenses.

-- More breaches of corporate data will occur with social media. Cyber criminals infiltrating social media outlets such as Facebook will expose more users to malware threats. Corporate employees will post confidential data to public pages

-- An increase in targeted attacks will uncover more zero-day vulnerability. Data loss protection and up-to-the-minute threat coverage will become more important than ever before.

-- Cyber criminals will target mobile devices to steal confidential data and exposure users to malicious content. New attacks will aim at the mobile Web browsers on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Websense said that it based its predictions on its Security labs research.

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