Infection Rates are Up, Attack Vectors are Evolving, and Traditional Tools are Not Standing Their Ground

Our contention is that companies and government agencies must look toward new approaches and products to help them stand against the rising and evolving cyber security threats. I am catching up on email after being away from the office at the NIST IT Security Automation Show and came across these two pieces of information as two more proof points to validate our contention.

The first proof point comes from Elinor Mills from CNET News in her InSecurity Complex blog where she reports that the number of Web sites hosting malicious software is rising rapidly with more than 640,000 Web sites and about 5.8 million pages infected with malware. Mills also reports that the number of sites on the Google blacklist of malware infected sites has more than doubled over the last year. Firthermore, Google registered as many as 40,000 new sites in one week. Many of these sites are not willing or intentional carriers of malicious code and in fact have been hijacked into being unwitting parties to the process.

In a separate CNET blog entry by Lance Whitney, he reports that a study from Panda Software shows a 15 percent rise in the number of infected PCs worldwide just from August to September. The study also notes that globally the average number of PCs hit by malware now is now at an all-time high of 59 percent.

The facts are, as they say, self-evident. Attacks are up, the vectors are evolving, and traditional tools are not standing their ground. The industry is looking for answers and we believe that at least a critical part of those answers is available today in the form of Triumfant Resolution Manager.