Web-Borne Attacks Besiege the Enterprise

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 04-15-2013
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The sheer number of ways companies can be attacked is staggering. But a whopping 80 percent of them are finding that the Web is a major threat.

Security in the enterprise is a scary thing. The corporate world is being hit from all angles by threats that could take down networks, steal sensitive information, and put an entire company's infrastructure at risk. The threats are so worrisome, in fact, that companies are increasing their investments in security and doing all they can to keep their networks safe. In some cases, they're successful. In others, however, they're not.

According to a new study from security firm Webroot, companies are especially unsuccessful at stopping Internet-based attacks. The issue is so bad, in fact, that 80 percent of the 500 IT and business executives that participated in the survey say their company have fallen victim to Web-borne attacks, and have faced trouble trying to balance the impact of those threats with providing employees access to the Internet.

"Organizations need to implement layered defenses from the endpoint to the network to understand not only what is happening but where the attacks are manifesting from and when," says David Duncan, chief marketing officer at Webroot. "Given that instantaneous attacks are morphing constantly and are eluding traditional detection mechanisms, organizations require a cloud-based solution that is effective in this new environment, as well as easy to deploy, quick to respond and flexible to address today's sophisticated cyber-threats."

The Business Side Gets In the Mix, Too  It's not just IT-related problems. Nearly two-thirds of respondents say that employee productivity decreases when a Web-borne attack occurs.

Web-Borne Attacks Besiege the Enterprise
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 

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