IT security is definitely an area that needs special attention leading up to the holiday break too. Black hats know that people in a holiday mood let down their guard and are more likely to open suspicious attachments and respond to phishing emails.
Symantec's 2014 Internet Security Threat Report highlights why IT security remains a top priority. It has found there was a 91% increase in targeted attack campaigns in 2013 and breaches increased by 62%.
Other survey findings include:
- Identity theft remains rampant. More than 552 million identities were exposed via breaches in 2013.
- There were 23 zero-day vulnerabilities discovered and 38% of mobile users have experienced mobile cybercrime in past 12 months.
- One out of 392 emails contains a phishing attack, web-based attacks are up by 23%, and one in 8 legitimate websites have a critical vulnerability.
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