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Thanks to marketing teams across the globe, APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) has become a meaningless buzzword in the security lexicon. Let’s therefore ditch that term and instead focus on targeted attacks, specifically those focused on enterprises with the goal of corporate espionage or to inflict financial damage. Many praised Google for coming forward in January 2010 to reveal that they and others had been the victim of a sophisticated targeted attack, likely originating from China. Many in the public mistakenly assumed that this was a new and previously unseen event on the security stage. What was new about it was the openness displayed by Google in discussing the situation.

Prediction: The term ‘APT’ will go the way of ‘eCommerce’ and the Dodo bird, but stories of targeted attacks against enterprises will rise tenfold in the media. This will be a reflection of increased activity by attackers as they broaden their reach to smaller companies and decisions by corporate council to disclose details of an attack rather than to suppress the information and risk litigation for trying to cover up such activity.

From social media abuse to data breaches to mobile malware and hacktivist activity, 2011 was filled with a vast array of security threats. It’s likely that this activity will only increase as 2012 begins. Michael Sutton, vice president of security research at Zscaler, has joined other prognosticators in identifying the top security threats in store for the coming year.

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