High-performance network security specialist Fortinet has predicted increase in attacks targeting Windows XP in 2014.
Microsoft will no longer offer support for Windows XP after March 2014 leaving this operating system (OS) more vulnerable to attacks.
This should impact a large number of people as Windows XP is still used on 31.42% of PCs in the world, according to NetMarketShare.
More than 15% of mid- to large-sized enterprises will still have Windows XP running on at least 10 percent of their PCs by the time Microsoft phases out this OS.
FortiGuard Labs' 2014 security predictions indicate Android malware will expand to industrial control systems and Internet of Things as Android developers are asked to find untapped markets for the Google operating system.
Demand for more transparency
Fortinet predicts an increased scrutiny and accountability at the network security vendor level as this year the US Federal Trade Commission penalized a company for making false claims while marketing video monitoring technology to consumers.
In 2014, cybercriminals will focus on new home automation devices that feature software with remote login control panels showing the number of people present at home at any time.
Once cybercriminals find out the number of people at home they can chalk out strategy to break into homes and steal personal belongings.
More mobile companies will include a second factor of authentication into their devices following an Apple glitch wherein the new iPhone 5s that integrates fingerprint authentication was hacked only a few days after the phone was shipped.
Fortinet also expects an increase in additional forms of authentication including iris scanning, facial recognition, tattoos and pills.
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