Share Your 2014 Predictions: January #SecChat

Last month, we released the McAfee Labs 2014 Threats Predictions Report, our annual look at the anticipated course of IT attacks over the coming year. Here’s what we expect to see in 2014: an increase in mobile attacks, ransomware fueled by the rise of virtual currency, politically motivated stealth attacks, as well as social attacks growing in size and complexity.

We will be discussing each of these threats and more during our January #SecChat, and we want to hear from you, the greater security community, about what you see as potentially the most significant IT threats in 2014. What do you anticipate the biggest threats to be?

Join members of the McAfee Labs research team on January 30th at 11am PT to talk about our predictions for the most significant IT threats in 2014 and how these could impact future InfoSec developments.

Below are the seven biggest threats and trends of 2014, as our team sees them:

  1. Mobile malware will be the driver of growth in both technical innovation and the volume of attacks in the overall malware “market” in 2014.
  2. Virtual currencies will fuel increasingly malicious ransomware attacks around the world.
  3. In the spy vs. spy world of cybercrime and cyberwarfare, criminal gangs and state actors will deploy new stealth attacks that will be harder than ever to identify and stop.
  4. “Social attacks” will be ubiquitous by the end of 2014.
  5. New PC and server attacks will target vulnerabilities above and below the operating system.
  6. The evolving threat landscape will dictate adoption of big data security analytics to meet detection and performance requirements.
  7. Deployment of cloud-based corporate applications will create new attack surfaces that will be exploited by cybercriminals.

So what do you think? Do you agree with the above? Disagree? Have something else to add to the list? How would you advise businesses to prepare for what 2014 has in store?

Bring your questions, opinions, and personal experiences to the #SecChat on 1/30. We look forward to hearing from you!

Participants include: Adam Wosotowsky, Anti-Spam Operations Technology Principal, McAfee Labs.

Please follow the steps below to participate:

  • Sign into your Twitter account at
  • Search for the #SecChat hashtag (using Twitter, or a Twitter client like and watch the real-time stream.
  • Follow @McAfeeBusiness, who will get the conversation started by posing a few questions to participants.
  • Tweet your reactions, questions, and replies to the chat, making sure to tag all of your tweets with the #SecChat hashtag along the way!
  • Direct questions around #SecChat to @McAfeeBusiness on Twitter.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars, RSVP to our Twtvite and make sure you check out the full list of findings from the McAfee Labs 2014 Threats Predictions Report. We look forward to seeing you in the stream!


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