New malware report: 96% of systems breached on average

FireEye has this month published a follow-up report to last year’s Cybersecurity’s Maginot Line: A Real-World Assessment of the Defense-in-Depth Model, a study that examined data from more than 1,200 security deployments in 63 countries.

The new report found that “attacks are getting through multiple layers of conventional defense-in-depth tools in the vast majority of deployments.”

Maginot Revisited: More Real-World Results from Real-World Threats compares newly gathered data to the original report’s findings. The legal sector saw a 100% increase in advanced malware attacks. In all sectors, “96 percent of systems were breached on average. And 27 percent of those breaches involved advanced malware.”

“Given the widespread failings of conventional security deployments, organizations must consider a new approach to securing their IT assets.

“They need to move away from passive, poorly integrated defenses that provide a fragmented view of threats and cannot connect the dots during advanced attacks. They need a tightly integrated, nimble architecture that enables big-picture vigilance.”

Fighting malware depends on an integrated approach to information security. Not only do organisations need to ensure staff are adequately trained to recognise phishing attacks and other malware threats, they need the technological ability to rebuff attacks, and the processes in place to ensure that their security posture remains up to the task.

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