Cisco 2008 Annual Security Report: Highlighting Global Security Threats and Trends

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Executive Summary

There was an enormous amount of activity related to data and online security during the past year. Although no single, overwhelming attack - such as the spread of Melissa, Slammer, or Storm malware in previous years - turned into the signature security event of 2008, the need for increased security protection and continued vigilance remains. Threats that combine one or more online elements - the Web, spam, malware, and botnets - continue to grow in number and sophistication. For greater effectiveness, criminals are more and more often targeting specific individuals or groups and exploiting legitimate websites and other trusted entities and systems.

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