Symantec Reports Increasing Number of SMB-Related Attacks
Symantec has announced the findings of its June 2012 Symantec Intelligence Report, which showed that up to 36 percent of all targeted attacks during the previous six months were directed towards SMBs.
“There appears to be a direct correlation between the rise in attacks against smaller businesses and a drop in attacks against larger ones. It almost seems attackers are diverting their resources directly from the one group to the other. It may be that your company is not the primary target, but an attacker may use your organization as a stepping-stone to attack another company. You do not want your business to be the weakest link in the supply chain. Information is power, and the attackers know this, and successful attacks can result in significant financial advantage for the cyber criminals behind them. Access to intellectual property and strategic intelligence can give them huge advantages in a competitive market,” said Paul Wood, Cyber Security Intelligence Manager, Symantec.
Large enterprises still receive a great number of attacks with an average of 69 being blocked each day. During the first half of the year, the number of daily targeted attacks continued to rise at a minimum rate of 24 percent with an average of 151 targeted attacks being blocked each day during May and June.
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