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khaley | 15 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

Targeted_Attacks_in2012_1280x394.jpgSome of us are numbers people.  We like nothing more than digging into a big batch of numbers.  I confess I’m the other type of person. I still fumble around a spreadsheet and can’t add without the aid of a calculator. For numbers people the ISTR is a terrific document. This year’s report is 160 pages of numbers that do a pretty good job of describing the threat landscape. If you’re a numbers person, feel free to dig in to the full report. You can also check out highlights in this graphic.

If you’re like me, and not really a numbers person, then read on. I’ve bullied my way through the numbers so you don’t have to. Let me give you the highlights, some of the interesting...

khaley | 20 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

 

In recent years there has been no shortage of news on highly sophisticated threats that are evading detection for long periods, causing serious damage to organizations and stealing valuable information. These are often directed at defense or other government targets, but we still feel the paranoia that we could be the next victim. While we worry about these highly targeted threats, looking for new solutions to protect us from these attacks, are we ignoring simple and effective steps to get the most out of our existing solutions? Are we neglecting our patches and updates, so worried about high-profile threats that simple, common threats easily enter our network?

Whatever new threats are developed, it will never be advisable to neglect the most basic security policies and practices. While we need to be aware of the evolution of security trends, it’s the little things that can still kill us. This point is further explored in my recent guest post in Forbes,...

andysinger | 10 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report Volume 17 showed that 2011 saw an increase in targeted attacks, and  18 percent of these targeted attacks were directed at businesses with 250 or fewer employees. Now that we’re halfway through the new year, how do things look for SMBs? According to the latest Symantec Intelligence Report – not good.

Targeted attacks still increasing

After reaching a record high in December of 154 attacks per day, daily attacks dipped briefly in January before returning to similar levels in February. For the most part, the daily attack average remained around this level for the first half of 2012 resulting in an average increase in targeted attacks per day of around 24 percent for the first half of 2012.

Attacks against SMBs double

Over the last six months, the number of attacks against SMBs has doubled, jumping to 36 percent compared to the 18 percent we saw just...

khaley | 29 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

When it comes to Internet security, organizations shouldn’t feel like it’s only a matter of time before they suffer a catastrophe. But at the same time, it’s important to recognize that there is no single preventive measure that will guarantee safety from all attacks. Unfortunately, there are so many kinds of attacks that it’s difficult for users to know what threats are the most dangerous, and how to stay on top of them, but each can be dealt with individually. Each year Symantec publishes the Internet Security Threat Report to provide users with a better understanding of the threat landscape, and in a sense helps provide an alliance to protect them from being blindsided.

Symantec’s 2011 Internet Security Threat Report reveals that threats are skyrocketing and are...