Network security specialists can expect to remain busy next year, according to analysts who predict cybercriminals will launch increasingly sophisticated attacks against applications, mobile devices and social networking sites. Lori MacVittie of F5 Networks says would-be attackers will have more exploit tools and kits at their disposal, making it easier for less experienced hackers to get into the game. Meanwhile, an increase in the number of unsecured mobile devices in the workplace will drive malware developers to create more varieties of trojans and viruses to target smartphone users, researchers say.

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