Cape Town - There has been a 42% increase
in the number of cyber attacks in 2012, particularly in the manufacturing and
small business sector, according to Symantec's latest Internet Security Threat
“This year’s ISTR shows that cybercriminals
aren’t slowing down, and they continue to devise new ways to steal information
from organisations of all sizes,” Sheldon Hand, territory manager of Symantec
“The sophistication of attacks coupled with
today’s IT complexities, such as virtualisation, mobility and cloud, require
organisations to remain proactive and use ‘defense in depth’ security measures
to stay ahead of attacks,” he said.
The ISTR also highlighted that these
attacks targeted businesses with 250 employees and these attacks continue to
grow, with 31% of all attacks targeting small businesses. The report adds that
cybercriminals targeted small businesses because they often "lack adequate
security practices and infrastructure."
Attacks on the manufacturing sector also
increased in 2012, often targeting companies in the supply chain and gaining
access to sensitive information of bigger companies.
The ISTR also noted that in 2012 mobile
malware increased by 58%, with 32% of all mobile threats an attempt to steal
information such as e-mail address and phone numbers.
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