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Symantec Cybercrime Stats

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 09-09-2010 Print

The week's hot topics include Google going Instant, Mark Hurd joining Oracle, scary cybercrime stats and major movement in notebooks and smartphones.

A Symantec study finds that a whopping 65 percent of 7,000 Web users surveyed worldwide had been victims of a cybercrime. In the United States, the figure is even higher: 73 percent of users. What's worse is that many users apparently have no plans to make any changes to their own behavior online. In fact, just 51 percent said they would change their behavior if they became a victim. Three percent of those surveyed feel cyber-crime won't happen to them.

The CIO Insight

This means that the vast majority of your employees are likely to be victims of cybercrime at some point. And, in some cases, they have no idea how it happened or how to fix it. That's where you come in. As the person in charge of safeguarding sensitive data, you need to ensure that your security efforts are top-notch. If not, those issues your employees have faced will find their way into your operation. A little education will go a long way in this regard. Teach your users the best practices for cyber security, and remind them of these as often as you can.


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