Security Threat Stats

A recent IT security survey and a new Internet security guide for businesses provide some interesting statistics regarding growing security threats.


In its story, Most large companies seeing more hack attacks, survey shows, Network World reports on a mid-September survey of 350 information technology and network pros.  The survey revealed nearly 70 percent of companies with 5,000 or more employees reported at least one successful attack in 2010, which is about a 25 percent increase over 2009 survey results.  The survey went on to clarify what survey respondents determined to be at the heart of the breach.  Causes included weak security policies, employee web usage and carelessness, viruses and unauthorized access by current or former staff.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently released its free guide to Internet security for businesses.  The guide references the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) which reports the top 5 categories for complaints submitted to the Center for 2009 as email scams using the FBI name/affiliation, non-delivered merchandise or payment, advance fee fraud, identity theft and overpayment fraud.  Identity theft and credit card fraud account for 14.2 percent of the 336,655 complaints received by the IC3 in 2009.  Overall, IC3 received about 22% more complaints in 2009 than in 2008.