Threats to Android, the cloud and digital lifestyle devices will make fighting cybercriminals more complex than ever, Trend Micro says.
The company says in its report, Security Threats to Business, the Digital Lifestyle, and the Cloud (pdf), that the 10 top threats facing business and consumers next year.
Among its findings:
- The most serious threat during 2013 may be malicious and high-risk Android apps. Trend predicts they will reach 1 million in 2013, up from 350,000 at the end of 2012.
- While traditional PC malware may recede a bit next year, threats to devices running the Android operating system will more than replace it.
- The emergence of more digital lifestyle devices means that threats could appear in new and unexpected places, such as television sets and home appliances.
- Africa appears on its way to becoming the next safe harbor for cybercriminals on the run.
- Slow adoption of Windows 8 by business means consumers will be the leading beneficiaries from its security enhancements during the coming year.
- Cybercriminals will target legitimate cloud services and data breaches will remain a serious threat in 2013, in part because existing security tools do not protect cloud data as well as traditional storage.
- Consumers will increasingly use multiple computing platforms and devices, making securing them a difficult challenge.
- Politically motivated attacks will become more destructive during 2013.
- Conventional malware threats will evolve gradually, with few, if any, significant new attacks. Still, attacks that do occur will become more sophisticated and harder to detect.
- Efforts to address global cybercrime are gaining traction, but will take two or three more years to reach full implementation.