Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009
16. Security Gets Hot, Again
Hackers and cyber-criminals produced more viruses and worms in the last 12 months (estimated at more than 1.6 million unique samples) than in 2008, and more than in the years 1989 to 2007 combined. However, the volume of vulnerabilities discovered in software and the number of identity records compromised fell for the first time in years. The problem now isn’t volume but value, as hackers hone their skills at capture richer treasures through stealthy attacks. The point isn’t lost on businesses, which are looking to data loss prevention, advanced intrusion detection, application-aware firewalls and encryption to safeguard their most precious information and assets. The increasingly mobile nature of data and devices, as well as the growing capacity of mobile media, is forcing enterprises to invest in security despite budget constraints. As a result, security solution providers and their vendors are finding rich veins of sales opportunities.