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Published Thursday, December 03, 2009 5:00 AM by Websense Connect Newsroom

Websense Security Experts Analyze and Predict Trends for the Coming Year - Smartphones, Windows 7, Search Engines and Legitimate Ads are Targets of Next Year’s Attacks

Researchers in the Websense Security Labs have identified emerging security exploits and trends anticipated to increase in the next 12 months. In the coming year, Websense Security Labs predicts: increased attacks on smartphone, Mac and Microsoft 7 platforms; interesting new trends in Web 2.0 and real-time search exploits; and changes to the ways that botnets operate, including new aggressive behavior. Overall, the trends and predictions for 2010 show a blending of security threats across multiple attack vectors for the purpose of roping computers into bot networks and stealing valuable confidential information -- demonstrating the need for businesses to have a unified content security architecture to protect against blended threats.

Every hour, Websense® ThreatSeeker™ Network scans more than 40 million Web sites and 10 million emails for unwanted content and malicious code classifying Web, email and data content—providing Websense security researchers with unparalleled visibility into the state of content on the Internet and email.

Using the intelligence from the ThreatSeeker Network, researchers in the Websense Security Labs have created a list of predicted threats expected to evolve and increase in occurrence during 2010.

Click here to download the full 2010 threat predictions report as well as a slide show presentation covering the predictions.

 Websense will also present a Webinar of the Websense Security Labs 2010 predictions, where the anticipated exploits will be investigated in greater detail. Register for the Webinar here.