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Trend Micro Forecasts 2012 Security Threats

In its just published "Threat Predictions for 2012 Report," Trend Micro discusses 4 important spheres: security breaches and data leaks, mobile landscape, major IT trends, and threat landscape.

Raimund Genes, Chief Technology Officer at Trend Micro states that the above forecasts imply that Web-surfers during 2012 will require for constantly choosing an increasingly data-centric mode to have effective safety as well as privacy while adopting virtualization, consumerization as also the cloud. Nationmultimedia.com reported this on December 20, 2011.

Subsequently, regarding the 2012 threat landscape, although networks-of-bots are expected to get diminutive in size, their numbers will increase, causing great hurdles for law enforcement to effectively shut them down. Besides, botnets, which are a conventional cyber-crime means, are expected to evolve as the security community embraces dynamic operations. And, though enormous-sized botnets will disappear, there will be more of smaller ones, which will be increasingly manageable too. These smaller botnets are likely to minimize dangers for cyber-criminals as the latter will get little impacted with the takedown of any one, Trend Micro explains.

Trend Micro also forecasts that hackers will aim at non-conventional targets, therefore vulnerable online-connected devices such as 'Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition" (SCADA) big industrial equipments stretching up to smaller medicine-related apparatuses may be attacked.

Moreover, with respect to security breaches and data leaks, Trend Micro forecasts that there'll be greater threat from additional hacker cabals to companies, which safeguard extremely sensitive data. Cabals like LulzSec and Anonymous, which became prominent during 2011, attacking individuals and organizations in connection with different political motives, are going to have more variants during 2012 that'll be still highly-motivated. They'll get increasingly proficient in not only infiltrating organizations but also in evading security detection by both law enforcement and IT experts.

Additionally, as per Trend Micro, there'll be increasing number of sophisticated data-loss events through hacking and malware infection during 2012. Consequently, they'll potentially impact numerous end-users' personal information, leading to considerable direct as well as indirect losses for related entities.

And finally, though no less important, threat landscape of mobile nature as well will expand enormously during 2012, with its evidences already showing during 2011.

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