Big Rise in Malware, Attacks on Mobile Devices

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For an organization with more than 2,000 devices on its network, there's a 50 percent chance that there are at least 6 infected or targeted mobile devices on the network, says a report.

Malware rose at an alarming rate in 2015, indicates Check Point's Security Report. 106 unknown malware hit an organization every hour: 48 times more than the 2.2 downloads per hour reported in 2013, says the report. Cybercriminals are also continuing to use bots to amplify and accelerate the spread of malware. 83 percent of organizations studied were infected with bots in 2014, allowing constant communication and data sharing between these bots and their command and control servers.  

The research also found that for an organization with more than 2,000 devices on its network, there's a 50 percent chance that there are at least 6 infected or targeted mobile devices on the network.

Organizations also frequently rely on applications to help their business be more organized and streamlined. However, these applications become vulnerable points of entry.

Research revealed that 96 percent of organizations studied used at least one high-risk application in 2014, a 10 point increase from the previous year. The research also indicates that that 12.7 high-risk application events happen every hour--creating many opportunities for cybercriminals to access the corporate network.


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