Philippines ranked 39th among countries globally on Internet Threat Activities, Symantec IST Report Reveals

Posted: May 30, 2012 in Tech
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Kenedi Celik-Director of Strategic Sales,Asia Pacific and Japan Symantec Corporation

From rank 35th last year, Philippines has moved to rank 39th among countries globally on internet threat activities, according to the annual Symantec Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR). According to Asia Pacific and Japan Symantec Corporation’s Director of Strategic sales, Kenedi Celik, the Philippines is moving in the right direction.

Celik said, “Cybercriminals has greatly widened their reach beyond large enterprises, with nearly 20 percent of targeted attacks now directed at companies with fewer than 250 employees. Targeted attacks are a risk for businesses of all sizes- no one is immune to these attacks. Therefore, having a comprehensive security policy and keeping up with industry- standard best practices would go a long way towards ensuring that organizations in the Philippines stay safe in the connected world.”

He also explained that smaller companies are now being targeted as a stepping stone to larger organization because they may be in the partner ecosystem and less well-defended.

Furthermore, 58 percent of attacks target non-execs, employees in roles such as human resources, public relations and sales. Individuals in these jobs may not have direct access to information, but they can serve as a direct link into the company. They are also easy for attackers to identify online and are used to getting proactive inquiries and attachments from unknown sources.

“While Philippines is ranked 39th among countries globally on Internet threat activities, organizations here should continue to take proactive initiatives to protect critical information from a variety of security risks today,” said Luichi Robles, senior country manager, Symantec Philippines.

According to this year’s ISTR, the top growing trends that organizations in the country should watch out for in today’s threat landscape includes advanced targeted attacks, mobile threats, malware attacks and data breaches.

Targeted attacks are growing, with the number of daily targeted attacks increasing from 7 per day to 82 per day by the end of 2011. Targeted attacks use social engineering and customized malware to gin unauthorized access to sensitive information.

Meanwhile, the report cited that the most frequent cause of data breaches that could facilitate identity theft or loss of a computer or other medium on which data is stored or transmitted, such as smartphone, USB key or backup device.

There was also a rise in threats targeting the Android operating system. With the number of vulnerabilities in the mobile space rising and malware authors not only reinventing existing malware for mobile devices, but creating mobile-specific malware geared to the unique mobile opportunities.

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