[ISN] Web server attacks doubled over the last year

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Date: Fri Oct 12 2001 - 04:48:18 PDT

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    By John Leyden
    Posted: 11/10/2001 at 15:19 GMT
    Web server attacks have doubled over the course of the last year,
    despite increased spending on security.
    That's the main conclusion of a survey of more than 2,500
    organisations, sponsored by security firms TruSecure and Predictive
    Systems. The survey found that almost half those quizzed (48 per cent)
    had suffered a Web server attack in 2001, against 24 per cent in 2000.
    Viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware infected 90 percent of the
    respondents to the survey, even though 88 percent of those companies
    already had antivirus protection in place (which doesn't say a lot for
    AV software, but we digress).
    Although security spending continues to grow, the survey threw up the
    interesting finding that a third of surveyed companies froze spending
    during the course of this year due to the general economic malaise
    we're all living through.
    Corporate funding for infosecurity continues to grow overall, though
    the pace has slowed from that of recent years. Nearly one-third (29
    per cent) of surveyed companies froze security spending sometime in
    2001 due to adverse economic conditions.
    Disgruntled company insiders remain far more a security threat than
    hackers and s'kiddiots but security the edge of corporate networks
    (through firewalls, VPNs and the like) remains the number one priority
    for BOFHs.
    As far as directions in technology spending go, the survey concludes
    that 2002 will be the year that Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
    technology finally takes off, a prediction that we've heard for the
    last three years but is yet to come about. We're far more in agreement
    with the survey's finding that wireless and enterprise security
    management will be hot areas next year though.
    You can see the main findings of the survey, which were published in
    the October issue of Information Security magazine, here.
    [ http://www.infosecuritymag.com/articles/october01/images/survey.pdf ]
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