The cyber threat environment is constantly changing and becoming more challenging with every day that passes. Malware grew last year at the highest rate in 20 years. Multiple security reports showed that more than 25 million new strains of malware were identified in 2009. Forecasts suggest that 2010 will again see unprecedented growth in malware and the trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Not only will the cyber attack volume escalated dramatically, but the sophistication of malware delivery modalities will also become much more sophisticated and dangerous. In addition, social networking sites will become major targets of choice for cyber criminals. Past attacks on these sites have educated cyber attackers on how to successfully exploit user trust and just how to deliver malware that appears to come from social networking friends.
Today all those that use computers face an unprecedented collection of cyber threats. To address these threats, industry analysts have reported that U.S. spending on cyber security and information assurance will increase at an estimated rate of over 8 percent CAGR between 2010 and 2014. These analysts expect the high growth areas to be in the following areas.
- Security Operations
- Identity Management
- Access Management
- Security Training
- Education, and Awareness
[EDITOR: At the request of Xilinx, I replaced the photo in this post.]