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Web server attacks doubled over the last year
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 06:48:18 -0500 (CDT)


By John Leyden
Posted: 11/10/2001 at 15:19 GMT

Web server attacks have doubled over the course of the last year,
despite increased spending on security.

That's the main conclusion of a survey of more than 2,500
organisations, sponsored by security firms TruSecure and Predictive
Systems. The survey found that almost half those quizzed (48 per cent)
had suffered a Web server attack in 2001, against 24 per cent in 2000.
Viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware infected 90 percent of the
respondents to the survey, even though 88 percent of those companies
already had antivirus protection in place (which doesn't say a lot for
AV software, but we digress).

Although security spending continues to grow, the survey threw up the
interesting finding that a third of surveyed companies froze spending
during the course of this year due to the general economic malaise
we're all living through.

Corporate funding for infosecurity continues to grow overall, though
the pace has slowed from that of recent years. Nearly one-third (29
per cent) of surveyed companies froze security spending sometime in
2001 due to adverse economic conditions.

Disgruntled company insiders remain far more a security threat than
hackers and s'kiddiots but security the edge of corporate networks
(through firewalls, VPNs and the like) remains the number one priority
for BOFHs.

As far as directions in technology spending go, the survey concludes
that 2002 will be the year that Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
technology finally takes off, a prediction that we've heard for the
last three years but is yet to come about. We're far more in agreement
with the survey's finding that wireless and enterprise security
management will be hot areas next year though.

You can see the main findings of the survey, which were published in
the October issue of Information Security magazine, here.

[ http://www.infosecuritymag.com/articles/october01/images/survey.pdf ]

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