Citing the increased computing power and connectivity of handheld devices, Bluefire Security Technologies predicted that 2004 will see more exploits of wireless networks, including a widespread Code Red-like worm that will cause major disruption of Wi-Fi networks and/or carrier data services. Though the industry will see more wireless security breaches, the adoption rates of wireless networks will continue to rise quickly, as organizations seek the rewards of improved connectivity and new enterprise-class applications for mobile devices.
"The improved capabilities of wireless devices and networks will result in widespread enterprise adoption of mobile technology in the upcoming year, especially in health care, retail and government," said Tom Goodman, vice president of operations for Bluefire Security Technologies. "Though we expect to see an increase in the number of wireless security attacks, this should not be an obstacle to enterprise mobility as wireless computing can be done securely with the right risk management approach and application of security technologies."
In addition to the rise in wireless attacks and exploits, Bluefire Security predicts that 2004 will bring more high-profile cases of confidential information being accidentally disclosed through the theft, loss or inadvertent misuse of handheld devices and a significant rise in the adoption of enterprise wireless technology as the major carriers continue to expand their offerings and roll out new technology, such as GSM Evolution (EDGE) wireless networks.