Whether students plan to enroll in a bachelor's degree program and pursue a career in information technology, or work toward earning a Master of Business Administration so they can start their own company, cyber security is likely to play a role in their professional lives. For this reason, these individuals may be curious to learn what some of 2013's biggest cyber security threats could be.
As 2012 comes to a close, several predictions for what the new year will bring have begun to surface. Here are some of the biggest cyber challenges the world could face in the coming year:
In an increasingly technological world, decision-makers in various settings, from schools to hospitals, are allowing employees to bring their own devices to work and access private information on them. Unfortunately, not all of these devices may be as secure as their owners think. According to Forbes, the "bring-your-own-device" trend could leave organizations susceptible to data breaches, whether workers are using their own smartphones or tablet computers.
As cyber security professionals help organizations prevent cyber attacks, those who commit these crimes will only find new ways to get the information they desire. This is why Forbes believes people need to be on the lookout for Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs, in 2013. What makes these highly advanced attacks so dangerous is the fact that they are designed to access and steal vital information at a slow pace that leaves them difficult to spot.
Recent years have seen a major push within the healthcare industry to embrace new technology and use it to provide patients with a higher level of care. Unfortunately, the more medical professionals transition to electronic health records and other forms of modern technology, the greater the chance they will become victims of cyber attacks. As a result, healthcare providers will need to focus on educating themselves and their patients about keeping security risks low in today's healthcare industry.