Top 10 Cyber Security Threats of 2011 and Beyond - Slide 11

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Wireless communication has been a hallmark of the past decade, and there's no indication that it will slow. While computer networks remain the traditional targets for cyber attacks, increasingly powerful computers and smartphones with wireless connections are likely to result in unprecedented opportunities for cyber criminals as well. Mobile computing devices contain the same vulnerabilities as laptops and desktops, but they are also susceptible to DDoS attacks specifically designed for wireless devices. New custom financial applications like digital wallets and pocket ATMs are also particularly attractive to hackers. Moreover, wireless networks themselves put entire companies at risk, especially as the mobile workforce does not have the benefit of the secured corporate LAN.

The cyber threat landscape has matured over the past 10 years, due in part to the proliferation of new technologies and an increasing reliance on the Internet for personal, business and governmental needs. Wielding their keyboards, cyber criminals exploit new and existing technologies for financial gain, to exact revenge or to carry out political coups. In their wake, they leave behind the tattered remains of unsuspecting individuals' life savings or companies' intellectual property, or the potential for disruption of national infrastructures.

Narus, Inc., a leader in real-time traffic intelligence for protecting governments, service providers and enterprises against cyber threats and the risks of doing business in cyber space, recently compiled a top 10 list of the latest cyber threat trends that will likely pop up over the next few years. Many on the list originated in the last decade, and have been fine-tuned to create more chaos in the years ahead.

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