NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- From Lockheed Martin
"If you are talking about hackers that work for foreign governments, then I think the focus would continue with defense contractors as well as anything related to the U.S. infrastructure," said Jim Stickley of cyber security specialist TraceSecurity. "That could include the power grids as well as oil refinery companies and phone systems."
Underlining the importance of this issue, the National Security Agency has reportedly started a project called "Perfect Citizen," which aims to monitor key infrastructure such as power grids and nuclear reactors for potential cyber attacks. The NSA has not yet responded to TheStreet's request for comment on this story.
Attacks that temporarily knock out an organization's Web site, such as the ones which recently targeted the CIA and the IMF, are also likely to proliferate, according to John D'Arcy, an assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.
"The next likely target will be a high-profile government Web site or system, or else one of the larger U.S. companies' sites such as Google
TraceSecurity's Stickley also notes a new approach from some hackers shifting their approach away from individual consumers.
"The next generation of attacks will focus less on the home users and more on the employees of organizations," he said. "
Set against this backdrop, Mike Prettejohn, a director of U.K.-based Internet services firm Netcraft told TheStreet that he expects to see businesses focus attention on application-level security. F5 Networks