According to the report, malicious attacks on networks
skyrocketed by 81 percent in 2011. The report also highlights that
advanced persistent threats, known as APT attacks, are spreading to
organizations of all sizes, with the number of daily APT attacks
increasing from 77 per day to 82 per day by the end of 2011. Such
attacks are no longer limited to large organizations, as
demonstrated by the data in the report. According to Symantec, more
than 50 percent of such attacks target companies with fewer than
250 employees. It is possible that smaller organizations are now
being targeted because they are somehow related to larger
companies, through supply chain or other relationships —
and they are less well-defended.
The 2011 Report also includes information regarding data
breaches. According to Symantec, approximately 1.1 million
identities were stolen per data breach on average in 2011, and
hacking incidents exposed 187 million identities in 2011
— the largest number for any type of data breach in
Now here comes the "kicker".......the most
frequent cause of data breaches was theft of loss of unencrypted
data on a computer or other medium on which data is stored or
transmitted, such as a smartphone, USB drive, or a backup device.
These theft or loss related breaches exposed 18.5 million
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