Security Slideshow: Malicious Attacks Skyrocket As Hackers Explore New Targets

By Jennifer Lawinski  |  Posted 05-07-2012

Attacks on the Rise

5.5 billion malicious attacks were blocked in 2011, with 4,595 Web attacks blocked per day. That's up from 3 billion in 2010.

Attacks on the Rise

Vulnerabilities Decline

4,989 new vulnerabilities were identified in 2011, down from 6.253 in 2010.

Vulnerabilities Decline

Targeted Attacks

The number of targeted attacks rose from an average of 77 per day in 2010 to 82 per day in 2011.

Targeted Attacks

Targeted Attacks Aim at SMBs

Businesses targeted: • 50% -- Enterprises (2,500+ employees)• 32% -- Midmarket companies (250 to 2,500 employees) • 18% -- Small Businesses (under 250 employees)

Targeted Attacks Aim at SMBs

Who Do Hackers Target?

• Executive Level - 25%• Shared Mailbox - 23%• Sales - 12%• Research & Development - 9%• Senior Management - 8%

Who Do Hackers Target?

Mobile Threat

Mobile malware increased in 2011 by 93% over 2010 levels.

Mobile Threat

Lost or Stolen Mobile Devices

Lost or stolen laptops, smartphones, tablets and hard drives accounted for 34% of data breaches in 2011.

Lost or Stolen Mobile Devices

Millions Exposed

More than 232.4 million identities were exposed during data breaches in 2011, approximately 1.1 million per breach.

Millions Exposed

Data Breach Targets

Computer Software, IT and healthcare organizations accounted for 93.0% of the total number of identities stolen.

Data Breach Targets

Spam in Decline

An estimated 42 billion spam emails were sent daily in 3011, down from 62 billion in 2010.

Spam in Decline