In his latest article for SecurityWeek, CORE Security's CEO, Mark Hatton tackles the annual end of year prediction process.

It’s that time of year again when everyone wants to wow you with their insights and predictions about what the next year will bring us in terms of technology and hacks in the security industry. Don’t get me wrong, always thinking ahead and applying a predictive approach to security is an idea and practice I fully endorse. However, I would like to ask the security community as a whole to please not waste our time with vagaries and statements that are so broad that they could apply to anything, and/or at the same time, nothing.

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For those unfamiliar with the name or work, Michel de Nostredame, aka Nostradamus, was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have become famous worldwide. While he is the most famous of the prognosticators, his predictions are largely panned by the scientific community as being too general as to be moldable to fit multiple scenarios and situations. His most famous of all predictions was that the world was going to end in 1994, and then again in 1998 or maybe it was 2000. No, it was definitely going to end on December 21, 2012. Well, I’m writing this in November of 2013 so I guess that didn’t quite work out the way he had envisioned after all.

The reason I bring this up is that if Nostradamus had envisioned our networked world of 2014 and had written predictions about the security challenges that existed, I’d expect them to look something like this:

- Hackers will target data in the cloud

- Attacks will continue to become more sophisticated

- Cybercriminals will be motivated by profit

- China and other nation states will remain a top security concern

- Mobile devices will be under increased scrutiny

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Mark Hatton, President, CEO