Five Security Predictions for 2011

December 17, 2010

Websense Security Labs Research Shows Upsurge of Attacks Aimed at Facebook, iPads, and Smartphones

San Diego, CA (Vocus) December 16, 2010

If you thought 2010 was challenging, just wait for 2011. Below are our top five 2011 security predictions for the coming year:

Prediction #1: The Stuxnet sequels are coming, stay tuned for “When State-sponsored Malware Attacks!”

  •     Stuxnet targeted critical industrial infrastructure, but it was only a preview. Based on how long it takes to develop complicated attacks like Stuxnet, we predict similar exploits will be carried out once or twice in 2011. These state-sponsored offenses will test national infrastructure systems to determine what is effective for future attacks.

Prediction #2: Only the strong survive blended threats. Companies will struggle to stay secure while covering more ground.

  •     Blended threats like Zeus and SpyEye will continue to evolve and use a variety of delivery methods. Today’s threats are no longer binary files delivered in attachments; they are script-based or are embedded within rich media. Many spread rapidly through social media.
  •     Strained IT departments will need to defend more territory and allow more access, despite these increasingly sophisticated threats.

Prediction #3: Status update: More corporate data breaches will occur over social media channels.


  •     Search poisoning won’t be limited to Google, it will migrate to Facebook. Hackers will manipulate Facebook search algorithms to trick users into visiting fake brand and celebrity pages and increase exposure to malware.
  •     Employees will post confidential corporate data to public pages.
  •     Social media users will also be vulnerable to spam and malicious data-stealing content.

Prediction #4: You down with DLP? Malware exploit kits will add zero-day vulnerabilities faster, increasing their use in drive-by download attacks.

  •     As more targeted attacks are researched, more zero-day vulnerabilities will be discovered.
  •     Data loss prevention and up-to-the-minute threat protection will become increasingly more important as organizations work to keep malicious content out and corporate information in.

Prediction #5: Is there an app for that? The iPad, iPhone and other smartphones will be prime targets for cybercriminals.

  •     Mobile devices are a gold mine of personal and confidential data. Cybercriminals will successfully use mobile drive-by download attacks to steal confidential data and expose users to malicious content.
  •     Many of next year’s mobile attacks will exploit the mobile Web browsers in the iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices. Rogue applications will also increase in number and sophistication.

These predictions are based on Websense® Security Labsâ“¢ research. The team examined the reputation and behavioral analysis of Websense ThreatSeekerâ“¢ Network intelligence, which uses more than 50 million real-time data collecting systems to analyze one billion pieces of content daily. Together with the Websense Advanced Classification Engine (ACE), the ThreatSeeker Network provides Websense with unparalleled visibility into the state of content on the Internet and in email.


“2011 will bring a series of dangerous threats that strip corporate data and immobilize infrastructure,” said Patrik Runald, senior manager of Security Research, Websense. “Most traditional security methods don’t work. Companies and governance need to constantly evaluate those defenses. Up-to-the-minute threat protection that unifies content intelligence is an organization’s best defense against Web attacks, messaging breaches and data loss.”

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About Websense, Inc.

Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in unified Web security, email security, and data loss prevention (DLP) solutions, delivers the best content security for modern threats at the lowest total cost of ownership to tens of thousands of enterprise, mid-market and small organizations around the world. Distributed through a global network of channel partners and delivered as software, appliance and Security-as-a-service (SaaS), Websense unified content security solutions help organizations leverage new communication, collaboration, and social media business tools while protecting from advanced persistent threats, preventing the loss of confidential information and enforcing Internet use and security policies. Websense is headquartered in San Diego, California with offices around the world. For more information, visit websense.com.

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