2009's Most Persistent Malware Threats

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Executive Summary

Enterprises are raring to harness the benefits of the Internet's connectivity and infrastructure for both core operations and support activities. The generally positive response toward moving into the cloud, the increase in the use of social networking platforms for business, and the continuous move toward a mobile and interconnected workforce gained momentum in 2009. The risks of conducting business with the use of the Internet became readily apparent as well. A separate study, the Ponemon/PGP report as reported by CNET News on the cost of a data breach due to criminal activity pegs loss to business at US$215 per stolen record. Remarkably, the "Criminal activities" in this paper now include data-stealing malware and botnets. In fact, more of these attacks have been reported in 2009 than ever before.

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