Data Loss Incidents Hit Retailers, Financial Services Firms Hardest

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2016-09-15

Intel Security's McAfee Labs Threat Report for September 2016 provides insight into the latest security statistics and trends, ranging from botnets to ransomware to malware "zoos." Large companies (with more than 5,000 employees) on average have 31 to 50 data loss incidents per day, according to the study, which was released Sept. 14. Not surprisingly, financial services and retail companies have more data loss incidents than other industry verticals. Also of particular note is the unending growth of malware, with McAfee Labs now tracking a malware zoo of more than 600 million samples.  A number of specific areas of malware are growing fast, with mobile malware growing to more than 10.5 million samples. Ransomware is also on the rise, with the total volume of ransomware samples known to McAfee now topping 7 million, a 128 percent year-over-year increase from 2015. Not all forms of malware are growing though, new Mac OS malware declined by 70 percent during the second quarter. In this slide show, eWEEK examines key takeaways from the September 2016 McAfee Labs Threats Report.


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