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Senior executives blamed for a majority of undisclosed security incidents

Steve Ragan | Nov. 11, 2013
Malware analysts find that many of the undisclosed issues could have been easily avoided

Commtouch also noted that Phishing common brands, such as PayPal, was a regular occurrence last quarter. In fact, PayPal Phishing alone accounted for the development of 750 new phishing websites per day. In Q3-2013, the average daily amount of spam for the quarter was 69 billion messages. Of those, 2 billion had malware attached directly.

"Malware analysts and CISOs face enough challenges trying to protect their companies' networks from external threats. They certainly don't need internal forces hindering those efforts," the ThreatTrack report concludes.

"Yet that seems to be what's happening, with senior executives who let family members use corporate PCs and can't keep away from pornographic websites. And then there are the undisclosed data breaches. Not only are unreported compromises doing a disservice to customers, they may even be inhibiting proper attention that needs to be placed on the cybersecurity industry in general."


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