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Security in the hardware space is at least ten years behind security in the software industry. This isn’t so much a reflection of the good work being done in software as it is the reality of software vendors being forced to address an issue that was impacting business. Thanks to the efforts of many great researchers investing countless hours doing QA work that should have been done long before products hit the shelf, today most major security vendors have no choice but to employ security response teams and take vulnerability disclosure very seriously.

Hardware vendors simply haven’t faced the same scrutiny, but that’s changing. This year at Blackhat, Sutton spoke about the sad state of embedded Web servers and recently researchers at Columbia University discussed the ability to remotely cause physical damage to HP printers due to security flaws.

Prediction: Hardware vendors will get a wake-up call as researchers shift their efforts to hardware and party like it’s 1999.

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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