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Anonymous, Wikileaks will revive, hacktivism will hit a new level
Wikileaks has had a relatively quiet year, in spite of Julian Assange's 'house arrest' in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Anonymous, however, has remained busy, taking down what it deems to be unethical companies, exposing security holes in networks, and above all else -- it seems -- having fun in the process. The hacking collective typically works 'for the people' exposing wrongdoing and illegal behavior and activities.
Wikileaks' Assange has already promised to release many more leaks in the coming year that could have lasting effects on governments and private industries. Outside of the Wikileaks collective, Anonymous and its affiliates will continue to exploit security weaknesses 'for the lulz,' and the possibility that governments will begin to exploit these hackers for their own purposes.
Cyber-weaponry will continue to be used as an effective method of destroying physical items with computer code, such as with the rise of Stuxnet, Duqu, and Flame among others. Where drone missiles and tactical military strikes once did the most damage, the 'unknown' governments behind these attacks will anonymously strike at regional targets that pose ongoing threats to domestic and international security.
Big data will get bigger and better
Big data was one of the biggest enterprise buzzwords of 2012. Simply put, it's making use of 'big' amounts of 'data' through a variety of sources, from shopping details, climate information, data collected from smartphones, device feedback, and a variety of devices that connect to the 'Internet of things'.
That data becomes an untapped mine of information and feedback -- and by using analytics retail decisions can change, and flaws in processes can be identified, along with increasing revenue through data trading or data resale.
Jobs in big data will increase rapidly in 2013 in order to help extrapolate the goldmine that the vast amounts of information that consumers provide and companies collect in order to improve the world as we know it. Real-time analytics will be standardized; the ability to predict the next major shifts in finance and banking will become a reality, and the enterprise will benefit hugely from new strategies eminating from the new data-analytics technologies.
Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) will soar in the workplace
Startups and small-to-medium-sized businesses will continue to embrace the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies to let their employees and staff work with gear that they enjoy and to cut company costs and IT spending.
With the release of Windows 8, those bringing in laptops and tablets will be able to connect to corporate networks and access the applications, documents and services that are needed to work remotely or from the office. But, with a mix of cloud productivity applications and services bridging the gap, those who work flexibly or from home on a regular basis will be able to connect to networks without edging too closely to sensitive databases or within the network.
However, it's unlikely that BYOD trends will extend fully to the enterprise setting. While Android retains the highest market share in the mobile space, combined with difficulties in back-end mobile management services for the platform, IT security policies will shun many of the devices that run on the majority of devices. But, those running familiar back-end managed devices, such as iPhones and iPads, will have simpler and easier access to services within the company firewall, thanks to the device's policy management.