Surges in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Poisoning will yield record-breaking malware outbreaks for businesses in 2011 according to TriGeo Network Security ( , a provider of security information and event management (SIEM) technology for mid-market enterprises. The company says that, in addition to SEO poisoning attacks in 2011, companies should expect to see:

° Hackers increasingly targeting vulnerabilities in mobile devices – specifically the iPhone and the iPad. The consumerization of IT continues to present a significant risk to businesses. As new, popular mobile devices are introduced into the workplace, look for hackers to uncover new mobile device vulnerabilities that lead to increased data breaches.

° Data breaches at schools and hospitals yield record-breaking financial losses in 2011. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, educational and medical institutions accounted for more than a third of all data breaches in 2010, as well as some of the largest breaches of the year

° More gray-hat hacks in 2011. WikiLeaks has evoked mixed responses from supporters and critics. Expect to see more gray-hat hackers using their technical capabilities as a cyber soapbox that exposes potential risks and vulnerabilities.

° More scrutiny for SaaS security. Software-as-a-Service providers will focus less on improving availability and more on security. SaaS will continue to increase in popularity, and as a result, auditors will need to see a clear audit trail of SaaS application activity from end-users. Look for tighter integration between SaaS applications and internal monitoring and security technologies.