New technologies have pioneered ways for businesses and consumers to benefit from sharing data in unprecedented ways, yet those benefits have come at the cost of an increased risk of security exploits and cybercrime. Security breaches escalated in 2010, and Cenzic, a leading provider of Web application security solutions, expects this trend to continue and grow in 2011. Issues fueling this rise will include the decreasing level of computer skill needed to hack, the increasing popularity of cloud computing, Android and iOS mobile platforms and the increased connectedness of devices, and the desire of governments to engage in cyber terrorism. The year will also see the emergence of business extortion as Wikileaks and its contributors race to publish the dirtiest secrets of big businesses.
"Many of the cyber attacks we will see in 2011 will be the familiar ones, such as cross site scripting and SQL injection attacks. The twist however, will be the availability of open source hacking kits, which turn an average computer user with a modicum of Internet skills into a hacker," said John Weinschenk, president and CEO of Cenzic. "As the barriers to hacking are removed, the number of hackers will rise and the hunt will be on for the quickest route to the biggest payouts. Ultimately, we may see hackers targeting unprecedented items, such as health care devices, cars, and home automation devices."
Cenzic's John Weinschenk projects the following security trends will emerge in 2011.
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