Webroot Report Details Growth and Severity of Worldwide Internet Malware Threats

    Over 40 Percent of All Businesses Are Suffering Disruptions Due to
Malware; Over 60 Percent Don't Have an Information Security Plan

    BOULDER, COLO., March 28 /CNW/ - Webroot Software, Inc., a leading
provider of Internet security software for the consumer, enterprise and SME
markets, today unveiled a report to alert companies of all sizes to the growth
and increasing sophistication of malware. According to the Webroot State of
Internet Security report, 43 percent of companies surveyed globally have
suffered a business disruption due to malware. The report also details the
significant cost and legal implications of inadequate protection and offers
businesses best practices to thwart unnecessary data security breaches.

    According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the organized
nature, rapid growth and severity of cybercrime has moved it to their number
three priority behind only counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence. Webroot
research, using its Phileas automated spyware research system, has discovered
that 1.7 percent (4.2 million) of 250 million URLs around the world harbor
malware. Almost 3 million of those malicious sites were discovered in 2006

    "Our research has shown that the methods of infection, which just a short
time ago were considered incredibly advanced, are now commonplace,
demonstrating how quickly today's threats are evolving into a global security
concern," said Peter Watkins, CEO, Webroot Software, Inc. "Despite the growth
and severity of malware, over 60 percent of businesses don't have an
information security plan. Businesses need to control this threat by
adequately protecting themselves and their customers."

    According to Webroot's study, over 40 percent of the companies surveyed
reported business losses from a variety of spyware related issues. The most
unsettling finding is that 26 percent of enterprises reported that
confidential information had been compromised as a result of spyware. At the
heart of this alarming trend is the rate of spyware infection:

    - 39 percent of companies reported Trojan horse attacks;

    - 24 percent reported system monitor attacks; and,

    - 20 percent reported pharming and keylogger attacks.

    Despite this growing threat and the legal and regulatory compliance
measures in place, the latest Small Business Technology Institute report has
found that 20 percent of all companies don't even have adequate virus
protection, two-thirds did not have an information security plan, and many
only make a security decision after suffering a damaging information security

    "It's obvious from this research that businesses worldwide are operating
under a false sense of security. Because of the impact on corporate revenues
and reputation that unprotected users can cause, proactive security should be
a top priority for every company," added Watkins. "To help support this
effort, the State of Internet Security report will also offer some basic
best-practices that companies can follow to help secure them against malware
and cybercrime."

    The State of Internet Security report is issued quarterly as an in-depth
review and analysis of the most pressing computer and data security-related
concerns. Each report focuses on a specific aspect of information security,
and provides industry data, trends and best practices in light of the threat

    The complete State of Internet Security report is available at


    Webroot Software, Inc. provides industry leading security software for
consumers, enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses worldwide.
Globally recognized for its award-winning Spy Sweeper(R) line of anti-spyware
products, Webroot recently incorporated anti-virus protection into two new
products for consumers and SMBs, respectively: Spy Sweeper(R) with AntiVirus
and Webroot(R) SME Security. The company also recently expanded into the
parental controls software market with the introduction of Webroot(R) Child
Safe(R). The Boulder, Colorado based company is privately held and backed by
some of the industry's leading venture capital firms, including Technology
Crossover Ventures, Accel Partners and Mayfield. Webroot's software
consistently receives top review ratings by respected third-party media and
has been adopted by millions globally. Available as either branded solutions
or on an OEM basis, Webroot products can be found at www.webroot.com and on
the shelves of leading retailers worldwide. To find out more about Webroot,
visit the website or call 1-800-772-9383.

    (C)2003-2007, Webroot Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Webroot and Spy
Sweeper are registered trademarks or trademarks of Webroot Software, Inc. All
other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

For further information:

For further information: Webroot Software, Inc. Robert Berger,
303-442-3813 x153 rberger@webroot.com or 104 Degrees West Partners Matt
Otepka, 206-855-7826 matt.otepka@104degreeswest.com

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