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TMCNet:  Cyber Threats Drop During Weekends and Holidays; New Report Reveals Most Cyber Attacks Happen Midweek

[May 19, 2015]

Cyber Threats Drop During Weekends and Holidays; New Report Reveals Most Cyber Attacks Happen Midweek

Malware traffic spikes during the beginning of the workweek, and similarly shows declines in detected infection rates and attacks on weekends and holidays, according to the 2015 Global Threat Intelligence Report analyzing attacks, threats and trends from over six billion attacks last year. The report focused on the changing threat landscape and quantifiable shifts throughout 2014 that altered corporate risk and required reevaluation of risk posture, which requires organizational security transformation.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Organizational security infrastructures consistently detected considerably fewer attacks on weekends and holidays impacted by the number of end-users online
  • Seven out of ten of the top vulnerabilities were on end-user systems, not servers
  • Threats against the end user are higher than eve, attacks show a clear and continuing shift towards success in compromising the end point

"Over holidays and weekends, when employees are not in the office, and corporate end-user systems are turned off or not in use, there's a major drop in attacks, showing security events are related to end users," stated Chris Camejo, director of assessment services for NTT (News - Alert) Com Security US. "As end users become accustomed to 24/7 access, they become targets of criminals who want corporate access and data, and end users often become the attacker's entry point to the business."

Methodology

Key findings in the 2015 Global Threat Intelligence Report are a result of the analysis of approximately six billion worldwide, verified attacks throughout 2014. The data for this report was collected from sixteen Security Operations Centers (SOC) and seven R&D centers.

About NTT Com Security

NTT Com Security is a global information security and risk management organization, which delivers a portfolio of managed security, business infrastructure, consulting and technology integration services through its WideAngle brand. NTT Com Security helps organizations lower their IT costs and increase the depth of IT security protection, risk management, compliance and service availability. NTT Com Security AG, is headquartered in Ismaning, Germany and part of the NTT Communications (News - Alert) Group, owned by NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation), one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nttcomsecurity.com.


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