Trend Micro’s security predictions for 2013: Watch out for Android and Africa

The number of Android threats will reach 1 million in 2013, up from 350,000 at the end of 2012, and Africa will become a new safe harbor for cybercriminals. Find out why and read all the security predictions from Trend Micro in the new report just out.

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Trend Micro’s 2013 forecasts:

  1. The volume of malicious and high-risk Android apps will hit 1 million in 2013.
  2. Windows 8 offers improved security—but only to consumers.
  3. Cybercriminals will heavily abuse legitimate cloud services.
  4. As digital technology plays a larger role in our lives, security threats will appear in unexpected places.
  5. Consumers will use multiple computing platforms and devices. Securing these will be complex and difficult.
  6. Politically motivated electronic-based attacks will become more destructive.
  7. Cloud storage or not, data breaches will remain a threat in 2013.
  8. Efforts to address global cybercrime will take two or more years to reach full implementation.
  9. Conventional malware threats will only gradually evolve, with few, if any, new threats. Attacks will become more sophisticated in terms of deployment.
  10. Africa will become a new safe harbor for cybercriminals.

As cybercriminals elsewhere feel the heat from law enforcement in their home countries, they are likely to set up shop in Africa. There are two factors that will drive this development. First of all, the continent’s Internet infrastructure is gradually improving. Secondly, local law enforcement of anti-cybercrime laws is still weak. This combination could make cybercrime a “growth industry” in Africa,” said Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro.

In 2013, people are going to have a harder time managing the security of their devices,” said Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro. “Different platforms, operating systems and security models will make it more difficult to protect ourselves than ever before.

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