Top 5 IT Security Predictions for 2013

Author: Geoff Simon
Published: December 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Apparently the Mayans were wrong, and after surviving those fatal predictions, here are some predictions for the security industry for 2013, according to UK security firm Bullguard.

Times of turbulence in the mobile security field, privacy violations at an all-time high, online fraud accompanied by blackmail storms and more cyber warfare clouding the security industry make it difficult to predict what will happen over the next year. But according to Bullguard, the future couldn't be more clear.

By looking back at 2012's tech developments, threat evolution and stats on consumer preferences, Bullguard offers it's top 5 predictions for the security industry in security predictions for 2013

1. More mobile malware than ever before, targeting mostly Android devices. While Android was 2012's most popular operating system globally, this also makes it a target for cyber-criminals looking to fish in the biggest pond, so to speak. This trend should continue through 2013 with Google estimating that there are over 1 million new devices, be it smartphones or tablets activated daily.

The open-source nature of Android also makes it easier for cyber-criminals to find and exploit platform flaws. Even the official Android app store, Google Play, struggled with security issues as cyber-criminals managed to slip in malware-laden apps, and additionally the ability to let users download apps from third parties, whose poor screening procedures put them at risk of unintentionally distributing infected apps to users.

2. More aggressive mobile adware invading user privacy. If you think anyone is getting apps for free, or anything for free, you're mistaken. While the price on Google Play or iTunes may state that it's "Free", these app's (around 90% to be exact, at least on Android) come bundled with adware that allow developers to send targeted ads to users.

So while you might not be paying with dollars, your information (including email, device ID, location, browsing habits and even phone number) is what's being exchanged for that flashlight, calculator, or nifty new game instead. And this isn't even criminal, because in most cases the apps ask for these permissions before installation. But it is invasive and how many people really read the app permissions page for everything they install on their device? This trend will continue through 2013 and likely raise the conversation about privacy to new levels. facebook permissions screenshot

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Geoff Simon is currently the owner/operator of Simon Search Marketing, a small search marketing firm in Los Angeles, CA. Previously Geoff worked in a content optimization, search analyst role at Disney Interactive Media Group, Intermark Group and G2 Direct & Digital. …

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