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Trend Micro reveals cyber-threats for 2012

Virtual machine, cloud attacks to increase, BYOD challenges to rise

Trend Micro reveals cyber-threats for 2012
Trend Micro has unveiled its threat report for 2012.

Trend Micro has released its "12 Threat Predictions for 2012" report, which encompasses four primary areas: Big IT trends, mobile landscape, threat landscape, and data leaks and breaches.

According to Trend Micro, the real challenge for data centre owners will be the increasing complexities of securing physical, virtual, and cloud-based systems.

Cyber-criminals will continue to use conventional attacks to target virtual machines and cloud computing services in 2012. Virtual and cloud platforms are easy to attack but more difficult to protect, according to Trend Micro. IT administrators will have to ensure they adequately secure their company's critical data as they adopt these technologies.

The Trend Micro report shows that security and data breach incidents in 2012 will force companies worldwide to face Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) challenges. As more and more employees use personal devices, not controlled by IT departments, to access and store company data, the likelihood of data loss incidents caused by improperly secured personal devices will rise.

Trend Micro also predicts that security vulnerabilities will be found in legitimate mobile apps, making data extraction easier for cybercriminals. Attacks will no longer be restricted to malicious apps and cybercriminals will go after legitimate apps, finding vulnerabilities or coding errors that can lead to data exposure or theft.

More hacker groups will pose a bigger threat to organisations that protect highly sensitive data. Groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec rose to prominence in 2011, targeting companies and individuals for various political reasons and these types of groups are likely to become even more motivated in 2012. They will become more skilled both at penetrating organisations and at avoiding detection by IT professionals and law enforcement agencies.

The new social networking generation will redefine privacy, with young social networkers being more likely to reveal personal information online to a wider audience beyond their friends. According to Trend Micro, in time, privacy-conscious people will become the minority-an ideal prospect for attackers.

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