Security threats soared during 2005, along with the risk of
financial losses, but a new report shows that companies still aren't
heeding the warnings.
According to the State of Information Security 2005 report from
PricewaterhouseCoopers and CIO Magazine, not only are security-related
events up 22.4 percent on last year's figures, but the number of
organisations reporting financial losses as a result of the attacks is
also surging. Twenty-two percent of companies said they had been hit
financially, compared with last year's 7 percent..
Malicious hackers are the top culprits to carry out the attacks,
with 63 per cent of events attributed to them compared with 66 per cent
last year. However, the number of employee-related attacks is also up,
at 33 per cent compared with 2004's 28 per cent. Former employees
remain a likely source of the security threats, representing 20 per
cent of events.
Meanwhile, computer viruses still top the charts as the most common
type of attack, rising to 59 per cent of attacks from 53 per cent the
previous year.The Register