Top 10 Threat Predictions for 2014

By Samuel Greengard
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During the past few years, security threats and actual breaches have grown exponentially. Malware has gone mainstream, social engineering has become far more sophisticated, high-profile database hacks have become disturbingly common, and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have rocked businesses across a wide range of industries. These attacks have rendered many major retailing and bank Websites unusable for extended periods. Not surprisingly, the threat landscape continues to evolve and is causing new practical and technical challenges for chief security officers (CSO), along with other business and IT leaders. FortiGuard Labs, part of network security firm Fortinet, has released its top 10 threat predictions for the coming year. Among other things, it expects cyber-criminals to ratchet up the stakes on the Deep Web (Web pages that cannot be indexed by a typical search engine, or Web pages that a search engine purposely does not index, rendering the data "invisible" to the general user); Android malware to infect industrial systems and connected machines; and new exploits to target home devices. Here's a look at some of threats most likely to negatively affect the enterprise in 2014.

This article was originally published on 2013-12-18
Samuel Greengard is a freelance writer for Baseline.
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