IT Managers on Spyware Threat

By | May 13, 2005

A poll of IT professionals at InfoSecurity Europe exhibition, conducted by SurfControl, has highlighted the variety of entry points for spyware that IT departments currently face the prospect of protection from infection.

The poll results indicated the following regarding the origin of malware infections: 79% of IT Managers believe malware infections enter the network from web-sites, 67% believe it comes from e-mails, 39% from instant messaging, 41% from P2P software, 52% from freeware/shareware and 29% from removable media such as CDs.

The survey’s other findings shows that 95% of IT managers believe that centralized management and administration would be the most effective way to deploy an anti-spyware solution, 92% want the ability to block spyware before it arrived on the network and 94% want anti-spywayre solution to be tamper-proof from the desktop user, as many systems ineffectively permit user intervention which limits the effectiveness of the protection.

“Spyware is simply a symptom of user abuse, so to stop spyware we must look at the infection cycle and stop it there. Organisations worried about malicious code have to be able to stop the continuous cycle of infection, which is then followed by the resulting requirement for clean-up that will be a continuing drain on IT administrators, “said Steve Purdham, CEO at SurfControl.

“The challenge, therefore, is for Internet security companies to stop the cycle of infection for their customers and not dupe them into buying anti-spyware systems that don´t address the key infection cycle issues. The message coming from IT professionals visiting InfoSecurity this year was that they demand an anti-spyware system that provides clean-up and protection from malware and emerging threats.”

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