Did Somebody Say Malware?

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 07-23-2013
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Did Somebody Say Malware?

Mobile Phones: One Ever-Present Problem  Mobile phones cause the biggest source of sensitive business data loss and leakage, according to 38% of respondents. And 95% reported that at least one mobile device-related security incident had been recorded in their company in the past year. Stolen devices are a close second (33%).

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.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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