Security Stats Show Mobile Malware, XSS as Top Concerns

 
 
By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2013-09-27 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The IT world is seemingly under constant attack from all corners of the globe, at all times. Reports out in recent weeks provide fresh fuel for the analysis of IT security and what is under attack. Among the major trends is the fact that mobile malware continues to rise. According to F-Secure's "Threat Report H1 2013," in July there were 257,443 pieces of mobile malware on Android, up from 73,084 in January. The "IBM X-Force 2013 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report" identified cross-site scripting (XSS) as the top Web application vulnerability so far this year. IBM also reported that the main consequence of being exploited is that an attacker was able to gain access to a given site or company. Although the midyear reports show lots of attack activity, they are not all doom and gloom. The "Financial Services Industry Threat Report 1H 2013" from cloud security vendor SilverSky, actually has some good news; from its vantage point, security incidents have actually declined in the first half of 2013 in comparison to last year. In this slide show, eWEEK examines key data points from reports from SilverSky, F-Secure and IBM.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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