Computer security report for the year 2014

Below is a security report based on the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report – 2015 that is the most comprehensive report available with over 70 worldwide reporting agencies. This applies to business large and small as well as individuals.

For most of us your Mobile Device safe. From a Malicious Exploit standpoint, the mobile market was negligible with only .03% affected. The mobile device target currently appears to be apps the people download to their phones. Most of these are geared to gathering data used to target the end users for advertising. Although it is not a top threat now does not mean it will not be in the future.

23% of recipients open Phishing emails. This is a problem. Eleven percent click on the attachments. Over 50% of the phishing attack’s emails are opened and clicked within one hour of the initial release. The solution here is education. A lot is being done to block these, but education is the key and critical to protecting you and your company in this area. This is your top threat now.Computer security

Windows, Java, Reader and Flash patches are more important than ever. According to Verizon, 99.9% of the exploited vulnerabilities were compromised more than a year after the initial release. This means that if you do not patch (update) your software, you are exposed and can be attacked, even if the attack is old. This is a high threat and needs your attention or the attention of your tech company.

The following industries are the most vulnerable to malware events such as cyber attacks:
1. Financial Services
2. Insurance
3. Retail
4. Utilities
5. Education

If your business is one of these, you need to pay particular attention to security and have a good security plan in place. Then you need to have someone that is responsible for making sure that plan is being followed. In the world, five malware events occur every second.
If you do not think your business is targeted, think again. 70 – 90% of malware samples are unique to an organization. That is not to say that it was written to attack your business alone, but it may have. There are thousands of variations of these malware attacks, and you need to be prepared.

There is much more to report and will be included in the next report. Security needs to be on everyone’s mind, not just businesses but individuals as well. At Saunders Business Solutions, we help small companies with all this as well as Home based businesses and individuals. Call us and see how affordable it can be to have us handle all this for you, so you do not have to think about it.

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