Imperva: Malware to become more threatening in 2011

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Cybercriminals are finding new ways to attack computer users.Computer users are going to be at risk from even more highly evolved malware threats in the new year, the security firm Imperva predicts.

Cybercriminals will continue to fine-tune their attacks, with Imperva expecting malware to evolve significantly. This will make it more difficult for computer users to protect themselves from attack. The biggest catalyst will be the proliferation of mobile devices, which hackers can use to sneak into well-protected security networks. Additionally, the firm predicts that cybercriminals will turn their attention from smaller companies with less overall value to larger organizations in an effort to do more damage.

However, internet security providers will also be upgrading their defense mechanisms. For example, Imperva's Application Defense Center will protect user data that resides in the cloud.

"This will allow organizations to adopt cloud computing at a growing rate without giving up on security," Amichai Shulman, chief technology officer at Imperva, told ComputerWeekly.

Experts agree that the most effective way for computer users to protect themselves is by using antivirus software and keeping it up-to-date.

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