80 Percent Of Companies Suffered Web-Borne Attack In 2012; According To Webroot

By | March 29, 2013

Posted in: Network Security Trends

If you're not on the receiving end of a web-based attack, you're in a distinct minority.

Eight out of ten companies endured at least one such attack last year, according to a new survey by security vendor Webroot.

Organizations that allow employees to freely access the Web are experiencing high rates of malware threats, including phishing attacks, spyware, keyloggers and hacked passwords. These attacks, in turn, increase help desk time, reduced employee productivity and disrupt business activities, according to the survey.

David Duncan, Chief Marketing Officer at Webroot said in a press release that given the increasing complexity of attacks, the findings weren't all that surprising.

"Organizations need to implement layered defenses from the endpoint to the network to understand not only what is happening but where the attacks are manifesting from and when," he said in a release. "Given that instantaneous attacks are morphing constantly and are eluding traditional detection mechanisms, organizations require a cloud-based solution that is effective in this new environment, as well as easy to deploy, quick to respond and flexible to address today's sophisticated cyber-threats."

Despite the large number of organizations susceptible to risk, the survey found that only 56 percent  of participants said they had implemented Web security protection. Further, more than half of companies without Web security had their Web sites compromised.

Additional findings include:

  • 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 surveyed 500 Web security decision-makers in the United States and United Kingdom at companies with 100 to 4,999 employees that currently have a Web security solution or plan to implement one in 2013.

To download a copy of the report, click HERE (registration required).

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