No one wants to become the next TJX. Data has become a business's most important asset—and cyber criminals know it. Consequently, cyber criminals will increasingly refine their attacks to get at the heart of a businesses' data center. Malware, delivered via blended threats and social engineering, is designed to stealthily swipe data off a user's computer and send it to offshore servers, where it is collected and then used or sold to the highest bidder on the black market. While financial data, such as Social Security numbers, credit card and bank account information will continue to be attractive targets, security experts say that criminals will increasingly focus on intellectual property, passwords and other types of identifying information.
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