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Survey Exposes The Dirty Little Secret Of Undisclosed Breaches
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 06:31:08 +0000 (UTC)

http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/survey-exposes-the-dirty-little-secret-o/240163717

Kelly Jackson Higgins
Dark Reading
November 07, 2013

Nearly 60 percent of malware investigations in U.S. enterprises involve data breaches that were not disclosed, according to new research.

Some 66 percent of security professionals at U.S. companies with more than 500 employees say they have investigated or worked on a breach that was not disclosed by their organizations, while 57 percent said they had worked on a data breach that went unreported, according to a survey of 200 security professionals by OpinionMatters, which was commissioned by ThreatTrack.

"While it is discouraging that so many malware analysts are aware of data breaches that enterprises have not disclosed, it is no surprise that the breaches are occurring," says Julian Waits, CEO at ThreatTrack. "Every day, malware becomes more sophisticated, and U.S. enterprises are constantly targeted for cyberespionage campaigns from overseas competitors and foreign governments. This study reveals that malware analysts are acutely aware of the threats they face, and while many of them report progress in their ability to combat cyberattacks, they also point out deficiencies in resources and tools."

Senior executives' devices become infected 56 percent of the time due to their opening a malicious URL in a phishing email, 45 percent of the time after letting a family member use a company-owned device, 40 percent of the time due to visiting a pornographic website, and 33 percent for installing a malicious mobile app.

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