Cisco Cyber-Security Report Finds Server Threats Increased in 2016

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Cisco Cyber-Security Report Finds Server Threats Increased in 2016

Security breaches can have real financial impact on the organizations that are exploited, says the Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR). The report provides insights from Cisco's own research as well as a survey that received responses from 3,000 IT executives from around the world. Among the reports' findings is that spam volumes rose is 2016, accounting for about 65 percent of total email volume that Cisco monitors with its platforms, though only 8 percent of spam was found to be malicious. Also of note is the fact that client-side vulnerabilities declined by 8 percent, while server vulnerabilities grew by 34 percent year-over-year as attackers shifted their focus. The survey portion of Cisco's report reveals a direct correlation between attacks and business impact, with 29 percent of organizations losing revenue as the result of an attack.

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Malware Shifts to Web-Based Attacks

The types of common malware seen by Cisco shifted in 2016 from being largely Trojan droppers, to increasingly focus on web based and browser vulnerabilities.

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Adware is Pervasive

Adware has grown over the past year with 75 percent of organizations reporting they have had some form of adware infection. Cisco defines adware as software that downloads or displays advertising through redirections, pop-ups and ad injections to produce revenue for its creators.

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Spam Is Rising Again

While spam has been challenge for almost as long as email has existed, in recent years, volume had been declining. That changed in 2016 with spam accounting for approximately 65 percent of total email volume that Cisco monitors with its platforms.

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Server Vulnerabilities Increase

Attackers are increasingly targeting servers, with 34 percent more server vulnerabilities reported in 2016. In contrast, both network and client vulnerabilities declined, year-over-year.

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Budget Constraints Remain an Obstacle to Security

When asked about the biggest obstacles to security, 35 percent of respondents cited budget constraints, down from the 39 percent in the 2015 survey.

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Attacks Lead to Financial Loses

Security attacks can have a real financial impact on victimized organizations, with 29 percent of Cisco's survey respondents indicated that they lost revenue as a result of an attack.

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Microsoft Had the Most Critical Vulnerability Advisories

According to Cisco's report, Microsoft had the most critical vulnerabilities advisories across major vendors.

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Time to Detection is Improving

Among the metrics that Cisco tracks across its own organization is how much time it takes to detect threats. The media Time to Detection (TTD) various by month, though the overall trend is improving.

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Cisco Cyber-Security Report Finds Server Threats Increased in 2016

Security breaches aren't just a nuisance. They can also have real financial impact on the organizations that are exploited. That's one of the many high-level findings from the Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR). The massive 110-page report provides insights from Cisco's own research efforts as well as a survey that received responses from 3,000 IT executives from around the world. Among the reports' findings is that spam volumes rose is 2016, accounting for about 65 percent of total email volume that Cisco monitors with its platforms. Just because an email is identified as spam, doesn't however necessarily mean that it's malicious. In fact only 8 percent of spam was found to be malicious, according to Cisco. Also of note is the fact that client-side vulnerabilities declined by 8 percent, while server vulnerabilities grew by 34 percent year-over-year as attackers shifted their focus....
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