The volume of spam decreased last year for the first time in the history of the Internet, according to Cisco's 2010 Annual Security Report. And, while spam may be less of a menace than it used to be, cybercriminals and hackers have taken up new targets. They've shifted their focus from Windows PCs to other operating systems and mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets. In addition, incidences of "money muling" scams have grown. Users are also still vulnerable to the many ways these cybercriminals attempted to lure them into traps. This is creating new security challenges for CIOs struggling to adapt to the evolving security landscape while dealing with tight budgets. "Miscreants are continuing to find new and creative ways to exploit network, system, and even human vulnerabilities to steal information or do damage," says said John N. Stewart, vice president and chief security officer of Cisco. "The challenge is that we need to block their exploits 100 percent of the time if we are to protect our networks and information. They can be right once; we have to be right all of the time. We need to be ever-vigilant in our efforts to protect our assets, information, and ourselves online." Here we take a look at key findings from Cisco's report to reveal what you need to know about today's security ecosystem.
2010 was notable for the first-ever annual drop in global spam volume. Upticks were experienced in developed countries that have growing broadband access, such as the U.K., France and Germany.
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