January 15, 2008 - Unisys Corporation announced its security predictions for 2008 highlighting five security risk trends.


To assist government organizations and corporations in preparing for and managing potential security threats in 2008, Unisys predicts the following trends in the coming year:


  1. Protecting data on mobile end point devices will demand more attention and become increasingly difficult. With the exploding use of mobile consumer devices, organizations are scrambling to address security issues via passwords and other protective measures at login. By doing so, however, many enterprises often fail to protect the data stored in the device, which is not only valuable to owners but a growing target for criminals to commit identity fraud and theft.
  2. Banks will face challenges in protecting consumers’ data and financial assets as more clients turn to mobile devices to conduct transactions. Mobile banking is gaining traction and will continue to emerge as a significant banking channel, with more than 35 percent of online banking households using mobile devices for financial transactions by 2010, according to a recent Celent report.

  3. Organizations will seek continued convergence of physical and electronic security measures for enhanced protection against espionage. The convergence will continue to drive new economic efficiencies into organizations while improving the safety and security of people, IT systems and mission-critical physical assets. Ensuring the identity, authenticity and integrity of organizational assets, both physical and electronic, will require robust data fusion capabilities that integrate diverse sensory and remote monitoring technologies such as instant authentication, motion sensors, intelligent video applications, GPS, wireless environmental sensors and radio frequency identification.

  4. Public and private sector entities will pay more attention to paper and electronic records. The global economy is dependent on the efficient distribution of electronic and paper records within and between organizations. For example, in the U.S. alone, the payments industry is seeing double-digit monthly growth in the number of checks processed as electronic images. The growing use of electronic record exchanges creates fundamental security issues. Many individuals readily share critical personal or organizational data without thinking about the security ramifications.

  5. Popular social networking sites will become increasingly vulnerable to privacy breaches. The broadening use and reach of Web2.0 technologies will increase the chances of a major privacy breach via social network sites such as MySpace, LinkedIn or Facebook. In 2007, a few of the major social networking sites experienced their first taste of privacy breaches, a trend that is likely to increase as many of these sites begin to connect to one another for information sharing purposes.

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