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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Top five security challenges of 2010

Social networking sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and MySpace will pose one of the biggest threats in 2010, according to TriGeo Network Security, a provider of security information and event management (SIEM) technology for midmarket enterprises.  According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, the number of data breaches in 2009 is on track to drop by nearly 50 percent when compared with 2008.  Two more American states will pass data breach laws.

New state-wide laws will be passed mandating that companies comply with specific data breach reporting regulations creating new challenges for many mid-tier businesses.

As the economy continues to rebound and spending increases, retailers will again be the top target for data theft.  Look for at least one major retailer to fall victim to a security breach that exceeds the losses faced by TJX, and for midmarket retail attacks to double as this lucrative trend gains popularity among attackers.  In the aftermath of Heartland Payment Systems—which exposed more than 130 million credit card records—compliance regulations will be refined and reinforced with greater specificity and steeper consequences.

Auditors will demand deeper demonstration of security process, risk assessment, penetration testing, employee training and policy verification and enforcement through real-time analysis and incident response.

Posted on 12/10