Marketers’ mailing lists could come under increasing threat as hacking becomes “industrialised” over the next ten years, it has been claimed.

A new report by data security firm Imperva reveals that hackers will become increasingly sophisticated within the next decade and will make use of automated tools applied through botnets.

There will also be a surge in credentials theft, grabbing attacks and hacks through social networking sites, which tend to have higher vulnerability levels.

Imperva noted however, that there will be a move from reactive to more proactive security, as companies start actively seeking to protect their databases from suffering security breaches.

Amichai Shulman, chief technology officer at Imperva, said: “Organisations serious about protecting data will need to address not only the application level but also at the source of data.”

He explained that this will mean making use of new technologies such as database firewalls and file activity monitoring.

Martino Corbelli, marketing director at communications services provider Star, recently said cloud computing systems are best equipped to keep databases as secure as possible.

Posted by Matthew Collins, Technical Director – IT Data Cleaning, Hygiene, Analytics, DatabasesADNFCR-8000151-ID-19519790-ADNFCR