Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Security Pat Calhoun is responsible for defining and executing ...
Proactive and preemptive. That’s the caliber of protection we are working toward integrating into all of our network security products. Because without proactive and preemptive protection, online security will never be completely secure. Thankfully for all of us, McAfee Labs knows this is the key too.
That’s why, every year McAfee Labs publishes its Threat Prediction Report that examines the key trends and top threats it foresees will affect the security landscape. The recently published 2013 Threat Predictions Report highlights the top threats that over 500 researchers uncovered by analyzing data on malware, vulnerabilities and online threats from 2012. I’ve written about the discoveries made by McAfee Labs and I’m always blown away by what the team finds. All of this is critical to creating stronger and more effective solutions. After reading the predictions for the coming year, I am even more confident that McAfee is clearly on the right track to preemptive and proactive security.
Sometimes, in the ridiculously unpredictable world of cyber security, I joke that I could use a crystal ball to see what’s ahead. Well, the McAfee Labs Threat Predictions Report is about as close to that as I’ll ever get. Many of the trends I’ve seen and my own personal beliefs were confirmed in this year’s report – along with their expectations that threats to mobile devices will become greater targets to cybercriminals, the influence of the hacktivist group called Anonymous will decline, and large-scale attacks on infrastructures will increase.
Not only will my teams be able to use these predictions to bolster our security products and tools to create more solid solutions, but the report provides invaluable education for the general public, government organizations and businesses. I’m grateful that McAfee has sophisticated Global Threat Intelligence that’s analyzed carefully by McAfee Labs and then shared with the public. Education really is one of the most valuable offers we can provide – it empowers businesses and consumers to be better prepared and more aware.
As the year unfolds, my teams will be working to integrate the technology necessary to address the risks that McAfee Labs believes will impact our network security solutions – including Network IPS, Firewall, Web Protection, Email Protection, and Data Loss Prevention. We will be watchful of threats from hacktivists launching cyberthreats capable of penetrating state and government networks. We will look for more and better ways to be proactive and preemptive as we try to stay ahead of the crimeware and cybercrime rings that are predicted to grow. Finally, we now know that big scale attacks will be even more destructive and devastating. With this incredible intelligence, I don’t really think I need a crystal ball after all. Thanks McAfee Labs.
Read the full report here: http://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/reports/rp-threat-predictions-2013.pdf
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