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Looking ahead at security trends for 2009

Looking ahead at security trends for 2009
Looking ahead at security trends for 2009 

By Jon Oltsik
CNet News
December 23, 2008

In spite of the global economic recession, information security will 
continue to be a dominant IT priority in 2009. Why? There are simply too 
many threats and vulnerabilities creating a perpetual increase in IT 

With that, here is my top-10 list (in no particular order) of 
technologies and trends to watch for in the new year:

1. The evolving definition of endpoint security: Some analysts have 
   declared that, antivirus software is dead. I disagree and submit that 
   endpoint security is simply evolving as a function of the changing 
   threat landscape. This is the primary reason why Sophos (a legacy 
   antivirus company) bought Utimaco (a data security company) in 2008. 
   Look for traditional antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall software 
   to merge with endpoint operations, data loss prevention, and 
   full-disk encryption in 2009.

2. More emphasis on cybersecurity: This year began with the 
   establishment of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative 
   (CNCI), an effort to strengthen government networks. While 
   well-intended, CNCI has received minimal funding and support. In 
   December, a Center for Strategic and International Studies report, 
   further described the sorry state of cybersecurity and called for 
   drastic improvements. Look for President-elect Barack Obama to get 
   behind this effort in a big way with funding, a real public/private 
   partnership, and cooperative intelligence and law enforcement with a 
   growing list of foreign nations.


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