Top Eight Security Threats for 2011

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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McAfee Labs threat research Vice President Dmitri Alperovitch has outlined his top eight picks for the security threats to be aware of over the next year.

"We are seeing an escalating threat landscape in 2011," said Alperovitch in an interview with Information Security Media Group's Eric Chabrow.

A summary of the threat Alperovitch identified include:

  • Exploiting social media is replacing e-mail as the primary distributor of malware...
  • Mobile will see increased threats not only to individuals but to their employers as well...
  • Apple - popularity of iPads and iPhones in business and the easy portability of malicious code...
  • Applications on devices such as iPhones and Androids are becoming increasingly popular and will increasingly become targets...
  • An increase in the sophistication of some threats such as signed malware that mirrors legitimate files...
  • McAfee Labs expects a greater focus on botnets that remove data from targeted systems...
  • Hacktivism will increase its use of crowdsourcing to recruit an army of motivated hackers...
  • Advanced persistent threats conducted either by nation states or backed directly or indirectly by foreign governments...
Alperovitch's full analysis of the threats can be found at GovInfoSecurity.
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