Spyware Posing Greater Threat, CompTIA Survey

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<p><strong>Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. &mdash; Nov. 28</strong><br />Spyware now poses the biggest security threat to organizations, while threats from worms, viruses and browser-based attacks have lessened, according to research from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).<br /><br />Fifty-five percent of 1,070 organizations surveyed said that the volume of spyware they are combating has increased over the past 12 months.<br /><br />&ldquo;Spyware was rarely mentioned as a concern just a few years ago,&rdquo; said John Venator, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s another example of how information security threats are moving targets that can pose great challenges to even the most security-conscious organization.&rdquo;<br /><br />Other security challenges organizations are responding to include lack of user awareness, cited by 54 percent of survey respondents; viruses and worms, 49 percent; authorized user abuse, 44.2 percent; and browser-based attacks, 41.5 percent. The percentages of incidents attributed to viruses, worms and browser-based attacks are down from the prior year&rsquo;s survey.<br /><br />That does not suggest that organizations can become complacent about such threats. When organizations were asked to identify the types of security attacks they&rsquo;ll be challenged by in three years, viruses and worms topped their list:<br /><br />&bull;    Viruses/worms &mdash; 20 percent<br />&bull;    Spyware/malware &mdash; 14 percent<br />&bull;    Wireless access &mdash; 9 percent<br />&bull;    E-mail/attachments &mdash; 9 percent<br />&bull;    Phishing/social engineering/ID theft &mdash; 5 percent<br />&bull;    Remote access &mdash; 5 percent<br /><br />&ldquo;To combat the seemingly endless waves of cyberattacks, we found that organizations plan to increase spending across all areas related to security,&rdquo; Venator said. &ldquo;Nearly one-half indicate they intend to increase spending on security-related technologies, and another one-third expects to increase spending on security training.&rdquo;<br /><br />CompTIA commissioned TNS, a global market insight and information group, to conduct the study to identify current IT security practices and highlight security challenges confronted by organizations of varying sizes and sectors. For more information on the study, please visit http://www.comptia.org/sections/research.aspx. </p>

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