IT Pros Underestimate Maleware Prevalence

According to new security based survey from Kaspersky Lab, nearly 200,000 new malicious software programs appear around the world each day. It has come as a real surprise to all who read the report which demonstrates 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 underestimate the quantity of maleware in existence. Four percent guessed too high, and only 6 percent were accurate.

The consequence of malware to organizations 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.

According to the report, "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." 

Kaspersky Lab's survey is based on 2,895 interviews with IT professionals working in companies from 24 countries

According to the survey results, one of the major problems facing businesses is the creation of a clear IT infrastructure development strategy with an information security strategy at its heart. Companies are increasingly determined to secure their IT infrastructure in the light of increasing numbers of incidents – and significant financial losses associated with them.

The main findings of the survey are: 

Maintaining information security is the main issue faced by a company's IT management. 

In the past 12 months, 91% of the companies surveyed had at least one external IT security incident and 85% reported internal incidents. 

A serious incident can cost a large company an average of $649,000; for small and medium-sized companies the bill averages at about $50,000. 

A successful targeted attack on a large company can cost it $2.4 million in direct financial losses and additional costs. 

For a medium-sized or small company, a targeted attack can mean about $92,000 in damages – almost twice as much as an average attack.

A significant proportion of incidents resulting in the loss of valuable data were internal, caused by issues such as unclosed vulnerabilities in software used by the company, intentional or negligent actions of employees or the loss or theft of mobile devices.

Personal mobile devices used for work-related purposes remain one of the main hazards for businesses: 65% of those surveyed saw a threat in the Bring Your Own Device policy. 

Information leaks committed using mobile devices – intentionally or accidentally – constitute the main internal threat that companies are concerned about for the future. 

For a complete copy of the report please visit here

 

 

 

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