Symantec Predictions for the New Year 2014: The secret to predicting the future is to listen for the whisper

As 2013 draws to the end, at the same time there is a lot of discussion about what 2014 will bring about Internet Security.

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It's interesting to look into the glass ball and try to guess on what may be (up)coming in the year 2014. In the world of technical an informated security, predictions can provide insights into what the globe is worried about and in what spaces businesses, small or big ones, individuals and groups are willing to spend money into. If done right, predictions might be very helpful in taking decisions about how best to invest into security and at the same moment to prevent Data breaches

Predictions for example, include that the volume of mobile malware on smartphones & tablets, will increase, that there will be more attacks against critical framework, and the number of state-sponsored attacks and Cybercrime will grow. Some appear fruitless, such as those claiming a arbitrarily trend will continue. But some questions reappear every year:

Will the good ones start winning against the bad ones? 
Have we learned our lessons of the ending year ? 
Will Security increase or decrease ?

Now Symantec, in a blogpost, throws their subjectious analyzing Predictions, into the Web Security Business, also with looking back what highlight 2013 came up with: The NSA and all about spying etc.
  1. People will finally begin taking active steps to keep their information private
  2. Scammers, data collectors and cybercriminals will not ignore any social network, no matter how “niche” or obscure
  3. The “Internet of Things” becomes the “Internet of Vulnerabilities.”
  4. Mobile apps will prove that you can like yourself too much
  • People will finally begin taking active steps to keep their information private

Privacy issues have littered the headlines in 2013, delivering a wake-up call to people and businesses about the amount of personal information we share and that is collected every day, every hour, every trading minute, by everyone, from your doctor to your social network, from your last gasfilling attempt up to paying your parking space in a pakinglot. You can expect to see privacy protection as a feature in new and existing products.
Then, beyond 2014, we’ll be arguing on whether or not these features actually provide any privacy protection. Expect Tor, which enables online anonymity, to become a popular application across the spectrum of Internet users.
You’ll also see a resurgence of users adopting pseudonyms on social networking sites to protect their privacy. And you know who is going to lead the way on this ? Teens !
They do care about privacy. And not just where their parents are concerned. Given this, more people will move to new, upstart and niche social networking sites, in an attempt to hang with their friends in obscurity. Which leads to the next prediction…
  • Scammers, data collectors and cybercriminals will not ignore any social network, no matter how “niche” or obscure
It’s tempting to believe that you can move to a new neighborhood and all your old problems will go away. They don’t in real life and they won’t when it comes to social networking.
Any new social network that attracts users will also attract scammers and miscreants. Users who feel it’s just them and their friends on these new sites are in for a big (and unpleasant) surprise. Your mom won’t be there to remind you: If something sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is a scam (and that is what the FBI is trying to remind users, over and over again (IC3)). Protect yourself by using security best practices no matter where you are on the Internet, or how you connect to it.
  •   The “Internet of Things” becomes the “Internet of Vulnerabilities”
You can expect dull things will get bold in 2014.
With millions of devices connected to the World Wide Web in 2014, they will become attracted for the "Bad Guys".
Security analysts have already demonstrated attacks against smart televisions, medical apparatus and security cameras. Already we’ve seen baby monitors attacked and traffic was shut down on a major tunnel in Israel, reportedly due to hackers accessing computer systems through a "secure" camera system.
Major software dealers have figured out how to notify customers and get patches for vulnerabilities to them, in their own confidentially situation. The companies, and even single small plugin-builders, creating gadgets (i.e. like these) that connect to the Internet don’t even realize they have an oncoming security problem.
These systems are not only vulnerable to an attack – they also lack notification methods for consumers and businesses when vulnerabilities are discovered.
Even worse, they don’t have a friendly end-user method to patch these new vulnerabilities. Given this, we are going to see new threats in ways in which we’ve never seen before.
  •  Mobile apps will prove that you can like yourself too much
People (generally) trust those they sleep with, so it should not be surprising that with 48 percent of people sleeping with their smart phones, they are lulled into a (false) sense of security about them.
In 2013, it was reported on a mobile app that would secure additional “likes” for your postings on Instagram. All you had to do was hand over your login and password to some (bad) guy(s) in Russia. More than 100.000 people saw nothing wrong with that.
We trust (to much). Our mobile devices and the wonderful applications that run on them to make our lives more simle, we just. TRUST ! Period.
We suspend our belief, for that device that sits in our pocket, lays under our pillow, in oue purse or even a One Night Stand. The "bad" guys are going to take advantage of this big time in 2014 and beyond. The world will not stop turning after.
So, there you have them, Symantec predictions for 2014. Of course, the best part of trying to predict the future is being surprised by the unforeseen and the unimaginable. All in all, what’s will be certain is, that we'll be listening for all the new whispers to see what 2015 will bring. And not only ME ! Lets wish the best. Together ! Happy New year.

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