Companies around the globe serve as the perfect targets for cybercriminals. In addition to sensitive enterprise data, many also store confidential customer and financial information – all of which is enough to catch the eye of any hacker.
And many are taking note, according to a new report. The latest bulletin from the Global Response Intelligent Defense Network, or GRID, which collects and analyzes global Internet security threats, has revealed that cybercriminals are increasingly setting their sights on businesses.
"Cybercriminals are focusing their attention on penetrating corporate networks and data through mobile workflow and applications," Boris Yanovsky, a vice president of software engineering within the data security industry, said. "New levels of network and firewall security are needed to protect against these increasingly sophisticated and prolific threats."
Of course, companies facing constant security threats is far from new. However, there's never a bad time for senior-level management and the IT department to begin focusing on enhancing security measures so the organization doesn't become the subject of another data breach headline.
The GRID bulletin also revealed that many of the Internet security threats faced by companies are centered on the use of mobile devices and social media. Both are becoming common targets for hackers. That was reflected in the latest threat roundup from Trend Micro.
In terms of types of attacks, the most common were fake antivirus software, SpyEye and Zeus Trojans, the report found.
According to the latest FireEye Malware Intelligence Lab report, 99 percent of companies experienced a malicious infection on their networks during the first half of the year. Eighty percent faced more than 100 new threats each week. All of these threats somehow slipped past firewalls, antivirus software and other traditional content security measures, according to the report.