Spam and Malware Data Security in Businesses
Spam and malware data security are primary root causes of data breaches. Forensics is showing that this is how a network attack starts. An attack that had an average cost of $7.2 million per incident in 2010. As new security statistics regarding spam and malware data security threats are discovered, we will post them here.
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Spam and Malware Data Security Attacks Destroy Businesses
- Over 200 billion emails are sent every day.
- Employees are receiving 100’s of e-mails a day.
- Employees do not scrutinize every e-mail thoroughly before clicking an attachment or link.
- Spear Phishing is increasing and targeting every employee from the CEO to the college intern.
- IT can deploy anti-virus and malware filters but these only protect against known attacks.
- Spam uses up storage capacity, bandwidth speed and employee productivity.
- Spam and Malware can enter by Internet, e-mail, VoIP, smartphones, social networks, IM, Cloud, etc.
- Cloud is making businesses more vulnerable because IT controlled barriers are disappearing.
- According to Ponemon’s “2010 Global Cost of a Data Breach” report, the average per record compromised
cost is at $214, or an average of $7.2M per incident.
- 89.1% of emails in 2010 were Spam – Symantec.cloud
Statistics On Spam and Malware Data Security Threats
- 41% of the malicious domains that Symantec blocked in Jan 2011 were from new sites.
- Edgewave reported in Feb 2011 there were 49 to 352 new spam campaigns launched every day.
- Websense Security Labs found that 61% of all data attacks in 2010 occurred over the web and email.
- From Osterman Research report “Messaging and Web Security Market Trends, 2010-2013” Web surfing
accounts for 62%, e-mail 43%, 12% web apps and 4% IM of successful infiltration into a company’s networks.
- Of those surveyed, 53% believe Spam and 74% believe Malware will be a bigger problem by YE2011- Osterman Research report “Messaging and Web Security Market Trends, 2010-2013”
- McAfee reported the identification of 60,000 new malware samples per day in 2010. A 275% increase
over three years.
- A Criminal organization that operates Koobface has nearly 22,000 Facebook accounts (935,000 friends),
over 350,000 Blogger accounts, and over 520,000 Google accounts as of late 2010.
- In 2010, 31% of data breaches were from malicious attacks. Compared to 24% in 2009, 12% in 2008.
– Ponemon Institute, 2011