Malware Incidents Go Unreported, Particularly in Large Businesses
The largest companies, those with more than 500 employees, are even more likely to have had an unreported breach, according to a ThreatTrack survey.Enterprises in the United States are facing mounting cyber-security challenges, with nearly six in 10 malware analysts reporting they have investigated or addressed a data breach that was never disclosed by their company. Moreover, the largest companies, those with more than 500 employees, are even more likely to have had an unreported breach, with 66 percent of malware analysts with enterprises of that size reporting undisclosed data breaches. These are just two of the troubling findings of an independent blind survey of 200 security professionals dealing with malware analysis within U.S. enterprises, which was conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of ThreatTrack Security in October. These results suggest that the data breach epidemic–totaling 621 confirmed data breaches in 2012, according to Verizon’s 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report–may be significantly under-reported, leaving enterprises’ customers and data-sharing partners unaware of a wide array of potential security risks.
When asked to identify the most difficult aspects of defending their companies’ networks from advanced malware, more than two-thirds (67 percent) said the complexity of malware is a chief factor, while 67 percent said the volume of malware attacks, and 58 percent cited the ineffectiveness of anti-malware solutions.