With 2012 drawing to a close, many experts are now making predictions about the future of cyber security in order to identify a few of the potential digital threats that government entities, organisations and private citizens will be facing in 2013.
Recently, Symantec released a forecast which suggested that cyber criminals would aim to test the limits of current vulnerability management by employing new strategies and technology such as 'ransomware' and 'madware'.
That report showcased the fact that a good cyber security strategy relies on consistent and regular penetration testing and security audit evaluations in order to ensure organisations are protected against the latest and most innovative cyber threats.
Now this fact has been highlighted further by a new wave of predictions, this time from Websense Security Labs.
According to Websense Security Labs vice president Charles Renert, 2013 will serve to reinforce the fact that traditional security measures are outdated and no longer effective when it comes to preventing and mitigating the effect of cyber attacks.
"The past year illustrated how quickly the threat landscape continues to evolve, with attacks and exploits redefining the concepts of crime, business espionage and warfare," said Mr Renert in a statement released November 13.
"The risk to organisations continues to be amplified by the frailty of human curiosity. It's now expanding across diverse mobile platforms, evolving content management systems and an ever-increasing population of online users."
Mr Renert believes that modern businesses looking to assure vulnerability management and the protection of their companies reputation will need to evolve toward "more proactive real-time defences" that will be able to halt the next evolution of cyber threats.
Amongst the predictions made by Websense Security Labs include an increase in the amount of government-sponsored attacks being perpetrated, spurred on by new players entering the scene.
The company also expects that hacktivists will need to adapt and "move to the next level" due to organisations becoming increasingly aware of this risk and a dwindling in the amount of easy, simplistic targets.
A comeback in malicious emails is also on the horizon, Websense suggests, as well as a growth in threats to mobile devices.
Some of these predictions mirror those made by Symantec, suggesting that there is a general consensus in what the next evolution of cyber threats will be.
Any organisation concerned that it may be vulnerable to digital crime may want to take the time now to invest in an advanced ethical hacking evaluation which can identify any potential backdoors or exploits which may be utilised by cybercriminals.
Assessments such as these are a good way to subtly and efficiently ensure risk mitigation levels are up to scratch and reduce the potential of your organisation being affected by a cybercrime incident in the future.