With every new year comes new budgets and new priorities. Unfortunately for enterprises and consumers alike, the new year also comes with new security threats and hacking trends, the top three of which were recently discussed by IBM's X-Force research team.

The team told eWeek.com that pirated software, social networks and social engineering, and cloud computing will be the top threats to network, data, software and desktop security in the coming year.

Pirated software opens up users to increased security risks because users are often afraid to download updates and patches, thereby making the users harbors of malware and threatening the rest of the global computing community, said the article.

Another top security risk will be social engineering and the manipulation of social networking websites, which can be used as distribution platforms for malware. While messages on social networking sites themselves are generally protected by spam and malware filters, criminals may start to use data found on social networking websites to entice users to open deceptive, malware-filled emails, IBM noted.

Cloud computing, partly due to its growing popularity, also puts the global computing community at risk because it enables hackers to "increase their efficiency and effectiveness," said eWeek.

Many of these predictions overlap with a recent report from Symantec highlighting the top 10 security trends to watch in 2010.

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