Security challenges spread to multiple fronts and IT jobs will rebound in 2005
Source: John McCormick - Posted by Joe Shakespeare   
Security In my last column, I reviewed the top security developments of 2004. Now I'm going to extrapolate on the trends that I see affecting IT security in 2005, both here and abroad.


First, I'll begin with a few easy predictions.

* Malware attacks will get worse, or at least more frequent.
* The Homeland Security Department and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy won’t do anything helpful for network security professionals, but some new regulations may cause more problems.
* More serious flaws will be discovered in non-Microsoft browsers and operating systems. This is likely to occur on an accelerated basis simply because many businesses are turning to Microsoft alternatives, making them bigger targets.
* Phishing attacks will continue to surge.
* The time between discovery of vulnerabilities and the appearance of exploits will grow ever shorter.
* There will be an increasing realization that antivirus software with weekly updates is inadequate to combat threats that appear, spread like wildfire, and compromise millions of PCs and networks within a few hours.
* The CAN-Spam Act will be viewed as a total failure. California had proven that regulating spam doesn’t work and was planning to outlaw it completely, so Congress trumped state regulators by passing a weak "antispam" law, which actually provided legal loopholes for spamming people, thus protecting direct marketers. Spam volume is still surging from this boost, and 2005 will be the worst spam year in history, to date. Spam killer tools are improving and will begin to reduce the threat by the end of 2005, unless, of course, Congress gives even more unwitting legal protection to spammers.

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