The Symantec Security Response team conducts ongoing, in-depth research and analysis of current threat trends impacting users of the Internet. To better enable you to implement effective security measures, Symantec provides detailed reports of trends, impact and preventive measures that you can deploy to protect and manage your information.

Internet Security Threat Report: Mid-Term Report

Attack Toolkits and Malicious Websites

Launching widespread attacks on networked computers used to be a task reserved for a rare few hackers – those with an extensive knowledge of programming. This is no longer the case. The advent of attack toolkits has lowered the bar significantly, opening the doors for anyone with a basic understanding of networking and computers to produce threats that exploit vulnerabilities.

These toolkits are used to enable the theft of sensitive information or to convert compromised computers into a network of botnets in order to mount additional attacks. They are advertised and sold in the online underground economy. Symantec believes that attack kits play a significant role in the continuing evolution of cybercrime into a self-sustaining, profitable, and increasingly organised economic model worth millions of dollars.

This report provides an in-depth look at the evolution of attack kits, their features and how hackers use them to lure in victims, especially online. The report also provides mitigation techniques to help protect your organisation from the sophisticated attacks created by these toolkits.

Additional Resources

View the Symantec Attack Kit Evolution Timeline

Mid-Term Report Press Kit

Video: Scary Internet Stuff: Web Attack Toolkits


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Protect Your Infrastructure

Are you completely protected against external threats? Many IT organisations do not have sufficient protection across their network, endpoints and storage systems. Even further, it is difficult to gain visibility and centrally manage security incidents across those solutions. Today’s threat landscape requires Enterprises to have central management, coupled with external threat intelligence to protect their infrastructure.

Protect Your Information

Do you know where your confidential information resides? Very few organisations have visibility into where their information is stored and how it is being used. Organised criminals are aware of this challenge and target companies with poorly protected information assets which make it critical for Enterprises to ensure confidential information is protected and used according to policy.

Develop & Enforce IT Policies

How do you enforce IT policies? Once an intruder has gained access to your corporate network, it is relatively easy for them to locate critical business assets, and exfiltrate them from your environment. To protect your information and your business, enforcing strong IT policies around network access and access to information are essential.

Manage Systems

Are your security patches up-to-date? Patch management while traditionally a systems management issue, has a very strong impact on the security posture of a company. It is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain patches and appropriately prioritising the ones that have security implications. Organisations are looking to improve IT process efficiencies to react quickly even in the event of an attack.
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