This has been quite the busy year for data security across multiple enterprises and industries and Matthew Schwartz wrote for InformationWeek that 2013 may present additional considerations. The website put together a list of the top trends for information security in the new year, and it should come as no surprise that improving security for mobile and the cloud came in at number one on the list. Steve Robinson, vice president of security development, product management, and strategy at IBM, told the website that the cloud is finally getting over its hype curve and firms will look more closely at the safeguards used to protect sensitive data.
"I've had a few CISOs tell me that the two platforms they're planning the most for now, looking five years out, are cloud and mobile," Robinson said, according to the news source. "We're seeing cloud security being discussed in much more practical terms: what workloads do we put out there, and how do we protect it?"
Regarding mobile devices, Robinson predicted companies will shift some focus toward securing BYOD environments, which will result in mobile devices becoming as secure as desktop environments by 2014.
Malware will become a bigger factor in the new year
For critical infrastructures, such as the networks housed by businesses and government agencies, malware will become a more significant issue that will need to be addressed by server security and other measures. One security professional said that moving into the new year, hacktivism and increased sophistication of malware will lead to more destructive attacks on networks across the world.
"Hacktivists represent the unpredictable factor," this professional said, according to InformationWeek. "All it takes is a few individuals with an agenda or an ax to grind, and they now have the tools to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks or attacks to wipe out data. It makes for a much more dangerous combination."
Holistic security becomes more important
As threats start to coalesce and become stronger, the data security that businesses employ must follow suit. Seth Rosenblatt, senior editor at CNET, wrote that holistic security is going to become much more important for every organization that works online. There are now more smartphones, internet-connected printers, smart TVs, DVD players and other gadgets connected than ever, so businesses will have to employ comprehensive data security strategies to protect new devices as they connect to the corporate network.
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