2More Privacy Regulations
In the past few weeks, the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Commerce and consumer privacy groups have talked about the best way to protect user privacy online when regarding tracking by online advertisers. In 2011, this is going to continue to be an issue, with legislation coming from Washington, D.C.
3Cloud Adoption Grows Despite Security Concerns
4Black Hat SEO on Facebook
Ask the folks at Google or other popular Web search engines, and they’ll say attackers abusing search engines to lure users to malicious sites is an ongoing problem. Researchers at Websense think this trend will touch Facebook in 2011, with attackers manipulating search algorithms to trick users into visiting fake brand and celebrity pages riddled with malware.
5Insider Threat Detection
Between WikiLeaks and the growth in insider threats chronicled by Verizon’s annual data breach report, it’s clear that insider threats will continue to be an attack vector. Companies will need to find a way to better deal with these problems. Rather than be reactive, businesses may take to profiling employees based on behavior and other risk factors, such as whether the person is about to be laid off.
6Mergers and Acquisitions
8Critical Infrastructure Attacks
9Hacktivists Hunted Down
As the WikiLeaks controversy morphed into denial-of-service attacks against both the site and sites belonging to the companies that cut ties with it, hacktivists became the focus of the media and law enforcement. As a result, there recently have been in a handful of arrests in the Netherlands by Dutch authorities. As hacktivist protests continue on the Web, authorities will increasingly hunt down attackers—though this will not slow the activity of their comrades.