Here is my draft list of the Top Ten Cybersecurity Threats for 2009. Your comments are greatly appreciated. I will publish the final list later this month, based on comments received.
— Constant negative news reporting and adverse analysis undermining public and business confidence in leadership, business management and economic recovery efforts.
— Criminal manipulation, fraud and subversion of financial markets by opportunists and competitors.
— Identity masquerading to abuse, attack, blackmail, bully, extort, terrorize or molest others.
— Criminal fraud by password and identity theft via phishing, pharming, spyware, malware and theft of hardware.
— Criminal use of botnets and botnet-like technologies, for example email (marketing and rumor) spam and denial-of-service attacks.
— Criminal exploitation of social networks.
— Criminal use of cloud computing and software-as-a-service infrastructures for cyberattacks and spam.
— Spying and theft of data by governments, industry, terrorists and other criminals.
— Sabotage, theft and other attacks by disgruntled employees and insiders.
— Natural disasters, accidents, errors and unintended consequences without malicious intent.