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Did Somebody Say Malware?

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 07-23-2013 Print

According to security company Kaspersky Lab, nearly 200,000 new malicious software programs appear around the world each day, but few IT executives recognize the extent of the threat. Kaspersky Lab's survey, conducted with B2Bof 2013 Global Corporate IT Security Risks, found that 90 percent of participants estimated less malware than exists in our midst. Four percent guessed too high, and only 6 percent got it right.

Yet the consequence of malware is costly in terms of compromised data: Vulnerabilities in software used by a company, employees’ intentional or negligent actions, or the loss or theft of mobile devices caused a significant proportion of incidents that led to the loss of valuable, business-sensitive data.

"The bring your own device trend, which means that company employees are increasingly using smartphones and tablets at work, has evolved significantly. However, this affects security to such an extent that mobile devices now form a separate class of threats with its own subcategories," the report said.

Kaspersky Lab's survey is based on 2,895 interviews with IT professionals working in companies from 24 countries. For more about the survey, click here.


…And Smaller Guys Hurt Too  For a medium-size or small company, a targeted attack can mean about $92,000 in damages, which is almost twice as much as an average attack. Small and medium-size companies feel the burn from an average expense of $50,000.


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