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90 per cent of Companies Underestimate the Volume of Malicious Software

June 24, 2013

ABINGDON, England, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Few companies aware of how much new malware appears every day

Most companies greatly underestimate the number of new malicious programs appearing
daily, and only six per cent recognise the true scale of the threat, according to the 2013
Global Corporate IT Security Risks survey
[http://media.kaspersky.com/en/business-security/Kaspersky_Global_IT_Security_Risks_Survey_report_Eng_final.pdf ]
conducted by analytical authority B2B International and Kaspersky
Lab [http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/about ] in spring this year.

According to Kaspersky Lab [http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/about ], nearly 200,000 new
malware samples appear around the world each day. Asked to estimate this figure, 90 per
cent of global participants in the survey named a lower figure; four per cent guessed too
high and only six per cent gave an accurate estimate.

The highest levels of malware awareness were found among respondents in the Middle
East, where 24 per cent of companies gave accurate estimates. At 4 per cent, the lowest
levels of malware knowledge were found in Russia. Kaspersky Lab
[http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/about ] found that in other regions, including North and South
America, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific, the percentage of companies with accurate
estimates ranged from five per cent to seven per cent.

Remarkably, the results of the same survey revealed that an average 66 per cent of
companies had experienced at least one attack involving malware in the previous 12 months.
The companies most frequently targeted in those attacks were located in South America (72
per cent), Russia (71 per cent), North America (70 per cent), Asia-Pacific (68 per cent)
and Western Europe (63 per cent). Not surprisingly, these are the regions which
demonstrated relatively low levels of education about the number of new malware threats
[http://www.kaspersky.com/internet-security-center/threats/malware-classifications ].

While a company’s ability to accurately assess daily malware volumes is not
necessarily an indicator of preparedness to counter cyber-attacks
[http://www.kaspersky.com/internet-security-center/threats/malware-classifications ], it is
reasonable to suggest that better informed organisations are more capable of assessing
risk and making the most suitable choices when it comes to protecting IT infrastructure -
such as implementing Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business
[http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/business-security ]. The product includes targeted and
developed features that work not only to protect a company’s IT infrastructure, but to
manage it as well.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection
solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions
for endpoint users*. Throughout its 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an
innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for consumers,
SMBs and large enterprises. The company currently operates in almost 200 countries and
territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide.
Learn more at http://www.kaspersky.co.uk.

* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue
by Vendor, 2011. The rating was published in the IDC report “Worldwide Endpoint Security
2012-2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares (IDC #235930, July 2012). The report ranked
software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2011.

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