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2011 Likely to Encounter Localized Assaults

Internet security firm Trend Micro in its recently released 2010 Threats Prediction Report highlights that as operating systems increase in diversity among organizations and also mobile devices get used more-and-more, online crooks will likely introduce a fresh twist to their social engineering tactics during 2011 through the means of malware scams. Consequently, profits for the criminals will also increase, the report suggests.

Specifically, the company states that a crucial trick, which the online crooks are likely to employ in 2011, will be to overwhelm e-mail users with messages which install Trojan downloaders.

Said Country Manager Amit Nath for Trend Micro, India, cloud computing as well as virtualization that provided considerable advantages along with being cost-effective, shifted servers beyond the conventional environment of security, as also enlarged cyber-criminals' attack zones. Similarly it required vendors of cloud service to enhance their products' safety. Furthermore, there was anticipation of more of PoC (proof-of-attack) codes aimed at virtualization systems and cloud infrastructure during 2011, Mr. Nath added. The Daily News and Analysis (DNA) website published this on December 28, 2010.

Meanwhile, according to security researchers, they've already discovered that over 80% of the most widespread malicious programs infected people's computers through the Web. Mr. Nath explained that with operating systems becoming diversified, scope for cyber-crime increased; therefore during 2011, there will likely be an increase in attack codes, targeting alternative OSs, Web-browsers and applications, as well as an enormous rise in software vulnerability exploitations.

In addition, the researchers forecast that the cyber-crime world will become united. Groups already in existence will join forces or merge and become more lethal and powerful during the upcoming New Year (2011).

Worst of all, according to Mr. Nath, cyber-criminals will probably attack reputed security firms, particularly anti-virus firms more and more for making end-users more perplexed and insecure. The Economic Times published this in news on December 28, 2010.

Thus, given the above predictions of 2011 security scenario, security firms should immediately become alert as well as discover newer methods for enforcing best security practices vis-à-vis their online sites for safeguarding clients, brand reputation as also their earnings.

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