2011: a heavy price on data, and the security industry was challenged
more than ever to protect this new currency. What does this mean for
OTTAWA, Jan. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Trend Micro (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), in its annual threat round up report, tags 2011 as "The Year of Data
Breaches," after witnessing large, well-known companies succumb to
targeted data breach attacks that not only stained reputations, but
caused significant collateral damage.
Authored by Trend Micro threat researchers, this year's report revisits past predictions, and summarizes notable
threat incidents and security wins throughout 2011 including:
Mobile Threats Reached New Levels: Trend Micro threat researchers
tracked a staggering spike in the volume of mobile malware, especially
those targeting the Android platform.
Spammers Gained: 2011 was a profitable year for social media threats, spammers and scammers who leveraged the trending topics of social
networking sites to improve upon their social engineering and hacking
tactics, stealing the data of millions of social networkers worldwide.
Consequently, regulators have started demanding that social networking
sites implement policies and mechanisms to protect the privacy of their
Less Attacks, More Vulnerability: while the number of publicly reported
vulnerabilities decreased from 4,651 in 2010 to 4,155 in 2011, exploit attacks evolved with higher complexity and sophistication.
Exploit attacks in 2011 were targeted, original, and well controlled,
the most notable of which set their sights on CVE-2011-3402, CVE-2011-3544, and CVE-2011-3414, along with a couple of Adobe product zero-day vulnerabilities that
were exploited in the wild.
Biggest Win: Despite an aggressive cybercriminal landscape, Trend Micro,
along with its industry partners and law enforcement authorities
achieved some remarkable and strategic wins this year. One of them - Operation Ghost Click - reached success after five years of stealth tracking and working
closely with the FBI. Trend Micro, the only security company that was
involved, was able to assist the FBI in what was noted as the biggest
cybercriminal takedown in history.
"Reflecting back on 2011, I am very proud of what we've achieved. But
our work is never done. With 3.5 new threats created every second, and
as businesses and consumers take the journey to the cloud, the risk of
data and financial loss are greater than ever," said Raimund Genes, CTO. "As a company (and as an industry), we must continue to evolve and
create better, data-centric security products for the post-PC era.
Users need greater visibility and assurance into who is accessing their
data, when, where and how.
"By sharing our observations about the past year, we hope to contribute
to a better understanding among those who live and work on line about
our strong belief that data needs to be protected at all times and in
all places - at rest, in motion, or whose device or data centre it is
residing in," said Jim Short, Trend Micro Canada's General Manager.
The full round-up report can be found here: http://us.trendmicro.com/us/trendwatch/research-and-analysis/threat-reports/index.html
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SOURCE Trend Micro Canada
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