» Security firm: The bad guys are winning

Security firm: The bad guys are winning

August 17, 2010 by Sam Narisi
Posted in: In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Security

Folks in charge of protecting IT security will often vent that they’re fighting a losing battle. But when a company that sells security products says it, it means a lot.

In a recent mid-year report, Symantec warned that there are too many threats for security software to keep up. In 2009, Symantec created 2,895,802 new virus signatures — that was a 71% increase compared to the amount of new malware that appeared in 2008 (which in turn was a 139% of what was identified in 2007).

The number of new threats is on pace to rise significantly again: In the first half of this year, Symantec created 1.8 million new malicious code signatures. So far, 124 million distinct new malicious programs have been discovered in this year alone.

Bottom line: Antivirus software can’t do enough to keep up with emerging threats. Other recent studies have offered the same warning.

What can be done? More user training, for one thing. Symantec also warns that more and more hackers are using social engineering tactics — i.e., going straight for end users to trick them into turning over passwords and other data — to steal sensitive information.

For example, almost one out of every 476 e-mails sent contains some type of phishing attack, according to Symantec.

Some other hacking trends that Symantec recommends warning users about:

  • Phony antivirus programs that users are tricked into buying through pop-ups on compromised websites
  • Scams and viruses hidden in third-party social networking apps
  • The use of URL shortening services to hide malicious links on social networking sites
  • More malware that attacks mobile devices
  • Big increases in spam, and
  • Spam and phishing attacks sent using instant messaging software.
  • Share/Bookmark delivers the latest IT and Imaging news once a week to the inboxes of over 200,000 IT and Imaging professionals.

Click here to sign up and start your FREE subscription to DocuCrunch!

Tags: , , , , , ,

Comments are closed.



  • How to Select a Web Host
    November 27, 2011 by marketing

    Creating a new website?  Not sure how to choose from among all the options?  Need shared hosting, small business hosting, or VPS hosting?  Lots of email accounts? 5-star reliability rating? Fortunately, there’s information available to help. The Best Web Hosts is great resource that will help you select the best web hosting company. It features reviews, rankings, and definitions that can help make your job of selecting a new web host more effective.

  • SMART Steps Towards Workload Automation
    January 19, 2010 by Luke Marchie

    Consolidating job scheduling into a single, comprehensive workload automation solution is a critical first step to effective Workload Automation (WLA).

    Download the free whitepaper here! More…

  • Identifying and Thwarting Malicious Intrusions
    January 12, 2010 by Luke Marchie

    Identifying and Thwarting Malicious Intrusions

    The phenomenal growth in social media has opened the door for all new malicious intrusions from gangs of cyber criminals. Utilizing the trusted relationships in social networking and benefiting from immature security and content controls, hackers are seeing increased performance in their attacks.

    Download the free whitepaper here More…

  • The Security Issues with Web 2.0
    January 12, 2010 by Luke Marchie

    The collaborative benefits of Web 2.0 technologies have fueled rapid growth in online consumer markets and now are being adopted by businesses worldwide. With these technologies come new types of attack vectors.

    Download the free whitepaper here


  • Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure: Optimizing Business Value
    December 29, 2009 by Luke Marchie

    To stay competitive in today’s rapidly changing business world, companies must update the way they view the value of their investment in Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI). No longer are simple availability and upfront costs sufficient to make adequate business decisions. Agility, or business flexibility, and low total cost of ownership have become equally important to companies that will succeed in a global, ever-changing marketplace.

    Download the free whitepaper here! More…

  • The New World of eCrime: Targeted Brand Attacks and How to Combat Them
    December 26, 2009 by Luke Marchie

    Nothing is more valuable to a business than its reputation. That is why brand attacks, which leverage a company’s valuable brand for nefarious purposes, must be battled on every possible front. Brand attacks are the new form of eCrime, and they’re being launched with new and rapidly evolving exploits, including phishing and—most recently—malware.

    Download the free whitepaper here! More…

  • DDoS: The Mother of All Cyber Threats
    December 16, 2009 by Luke Marchie

    DDoS: The Mother of All Cyber Threats

    Don’t wait until your business is targeted. A Forrester Consulting study commissioned by VeriSign revealed that nearly 75 percent of the 400 study respondents have experienced one or more DDoS attacks in the past year. Yet, most e-commerce businesses are not prepared for a large-scale DDoS attack. Could your business afford three or more hours of downtime? Avoid that revenue loss by registering for this free white paper

    Click here to download the free white paper More…

  • View more offers

    Quick Vote

    • Does your office have a color printer or copier?

      View Results

      Loading ... Loading ...

  • advertisement