With Halloween finally here, it’s never been a better time to get a little spooked. But instead of re-watching your favorite horror movie for the nth time, how about a little real world fright to liven up your day? We dug up some fearsome facts and figures about network and device security that will put a scare into any IT Manager.



Adobe hacked

On October 3rd, Adobe’s Chief Security Officer Brad Arkin announced that Adobe’s network had been hacked, with intruders removing information on 2.9 million customers. Adobe believes the stolen customer data includes customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to client orders. As an added blow, the hackers also gained illegal access to source code for Adobe Acrobat, ColdFusion, ColdFusion Builder among other Adobe products, reminding us that businesses of all sizes – big and small – are susceptible to unauthorized third-party attacks.


Mobile security threats increased by more than 614%

According to Juniper Networks’ annual Mobile Threat Report, mobile malware spiked by 614% in the span of just one year – from March 2012 to March 2013. Malware came in a variety of forms including fake versions of apps and SMS Trojans. Unfortunately for Android users, 92% of malware found was directed at the Google-backed mobile OS.


The most common password of last year was Password

Individuals continue to ignore advice from security specialists and choose easy to guess passwords for their accounts. Ranking at number one was Password, with 123456 coming in at the number two spot of most common passwords of 2012. Check out our easy password strategy for some tips on staying secure.




96% of data breach victims who were subject to PCI DSS had not been in compliance

According to Verizon’s 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report, 96% of breach victims subject to PCI DSS standards had not achieved compliance at the time of the breach, an increase of 7% over 2011 levels. Other findings include that 94% of breaches were not difficult and 97% could have been avoided through simple or intermediary controls.


62% of mobile device users do not use a home screen password

An alarming number of mobile devices are left unprotected by a passcode. Sixty-two percent of devices are without a home screen password, essentially allowing anyone access to their information if the devices is stolen, lost, lent, or left unguarded.


600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked each day

One Facebook account is hacked every 140 milliseconds, says Sophos, a British-American hardware and software security vendor. Though it’s only a fraction of a percentage of the total number of Facebook accounts, the figure is still staggering.




80% of BYOD activity goes unmanaged

IT consulting firm Ovum found that 80% BYOD activity is insufficiently managed by IT departments. Inadequate management of devices on the network can lead to security breaches, compromising customer information like names, passwords, credit card information, and addresses.



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