Trend Micro Releases Security Predictions for 2013 & Beyond

         Trend Micro Releases Security Predictions for 2013 & Beyond

Security Threats to Business, the Digital Lifestyle, and the Cloud Highlight

PR Newswire

CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 13, 2012

CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Threats to Android, the Cloud
and digital lifestyle devices will make fighting cybercriminals more complex
in 2013 than ever before, according toa report released today by the global
cloud security leader Trend Micro Incorporated.

"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."

The Trend report, "Security Threats to Business, the Digital Lifestyle, and
the Cloud," outlines the 10 top threats facing business and consumers next
year. It is now available for download.

Among its findings:

  oThe 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.
  oWhile traditional PC malware may recede a bit next year, threats to
    devices running the Android operating system will more than replace it.
  oThe emergence of more digital lifestyle devices means that threats could
    appear in new and unexpected places, such as television sets and home
  oAfrica appears on its way to becoming the next safe harbor for
    cybercriminals on the run.

Other predictions include:

  oSlow adoption of Windows 8 by business means consumers will be the leading
    beneficiaries from its security enhancements during the coming year.
  oCybercriminals 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.
  oConsumers will increasingly use multiple computing platforms and devices,
    making securing them a difficult challenge.
  oPolitically motivated attacks will become more destructive during 2013.
  oConventional 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.
  oEfforts to address global cybercrime are gaining traction, but will take
    two or three more years to reach full implementation.

There is, however, hope amid this gloomy forecast.

"The good news is that the timing is perfect for security defenders to set new
standards and deliver new solutions that will have a disturbing impact on the
underground economy," said Genes.

If that happens, 2013 may be remembered as a decisive turning point in the war
on cybercrime.

Supporting assets:

Trend Micro, CTO, Raimund Genes, Video blog

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"Only 20% of Android Mobile Device Users Have a Security App installed"


About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), the global cloud security
leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with its
Internet content security and threat management solutions for businesses and
consumers.A pioneer in server security with over 20 years' experience, we
deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based security that fits our
customers' and partners' needs, stops new threats faster, and protects data in
physical, virtualized and cloud environments. Powered by the industry-leading
Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ global threat intelligence data mining
framework, our products and services stop threats where they emerge – from the
Internet. They are supported by 1,000+ threat intelligence experts around the

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