Microsoft SIR v14 - Latest state of Antivirus Protection
Some interesting statistics in volume 14 of Microsoft's SIR report
QUOTE: Yesterday, Microsoft released volume 14 of its Security Intelligence Report (SIR v14) which includes new threat intelligence from over a billion systems worldwide. I am reaching out as I thought your readers might have interest in hearing your perspectives on how the threat landscape is evolving based on data and analysis from the report.
* New research showed that, on average, computers without AV protection were 5.5 times more likely to be infected
* Figures reveal a surprising conclusion: one in 500 PCs that do have up-to-date protection will get hit by malware regardless (e.g., zero-day)
* The study also found that 25%, or an estimated 270 million computers worldwide were not protected by up-to-date antivirus software
* In the second half of 2012, 70% of threats affecting enterprises were associated with malicious or compromised websites.
* Enterprises were more likely to encounter the iFrame redirection technique than any other malware family tracked in 4Q 2012.
* One specific iFrame redirection family called IframeRef, increased fivefold in the fourth quarter of 2012 to become the number one malicious technique encountered by enterprises worldwide. IframeRef was detected nearly 3.3 million times in the fourth quarter of 2012.
* Surprisingly, the Windows version with the highest number of unprotected PCs was not Windows XP—it was the RTM edition of Windows 7.
* Windows 8 has Windows Defender antivirus protection built in and turned on by default. Even so, apparently 8% of users turned it off. That's still by far the lowest rate of unprotected PCs for any Windows version.
* Windows 8? Well, as noted it has the lowest number of unprotected computers, and also the lowest infection rate over all. Only 0.8 of 1,000 computers running 32-bit Windows 8 were infected, and 0.2 percent of those running 64-bit Windows 8. The lesson is clear. Don't just keep your existing Windows version updated; upgrade to the latest version, or the latest version your PC can handle.
SIR VOLUME 14 - FULL REPORT