Web Access Means More Attacks

Monday, April 1, 2013 @ 02:04 PM gHale

Most businesses need workers to have access to the Internet, but 80 percent of organizations that allow employees that availability are experiencing high rates of malware threats, including phishing attacks, spyware, keyloggers and hacked passwords, new research said.

Web-borne attacks are having an impact on businesses, with the majority of them reporting significant effects in the form of increased help desk time, reduced employee productivity and disruption of business activities, according to the report from Webroot. To mitigate these significant business risks a properly layered defense with effective endpoint and Web security and monitoring needs to be in place.

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Top-level corporate study findings:
• 8 in 10 companies experienced one or more kinds of Web-borne attacks in 2012
• 88 percent of Web security administrators say Web browsing is a serious malware risk
• Phishing is the most prevalent Web-borne attack, affecting 55 percent of companies.

The study, which surveyed Web security decision-makers in the United States and United Kingdom, found 79 percent of companies experienced Web-borne attacks in 2012. These incidents continue to represent a significant threat to corporate brands.

Results show that almost all of the Web security administrators agreed that Web browsing is a serious malware risk to their companies. Despite the obvious awareness of the risks, only 56 percent of participants said they had implemented Web security protection and more than half of companies without Web security had Web sites compromised.

“Protecting against Web-borne malware should be a high priority for all organizations since once inside a network, the propagation of malware can take down the entire company, effectively disabling an organization,” said Sara Radicati, president and chief executive at Radicati Group. “Finding a balance between providing employees Web access and ensuring corporate information security requires a solid Web security solution and is an essential requirement for companies to avoid this costly liability.”

The major trends driving businesses and information technology today — mobility, social networking, BYOD and cloud computing — are also making organizations more susceptible to security attacks. More than ever, cybercriminals are taking advantage of these Web-based vulnerabilities, making the threat landscape more challenging. According to the results, phishing represents one of the fastest-growing causes of breaches and data loss as cybercriminals become progressively adept at luring users into divulging sensitive corporate data.

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