5. Cyber Attacks
Cyber-attacks happen every day, although only the most high-profile ones tend to make the news. The most recent types of cyber-attacks are even purpose-built by national governments for a variety of purposes, such as espionage and sabotage. And some of the more famous ones, such as Stuxnet and Flame, are highly modular. That means some of the nastiest features can be lifted out of the military-grade bugs and dropped into existing malware platforms to make the more common types of attacks even nastier. That also means that as you read this, some malware author is probably using those modules to create an uber-bug that can put him on the map. Seven percent of surveyed IT professionals said cyber attacks represented the most likely threat facing their network security over the next 12 months.