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[ISN] Half Of Machines Shopping On Cyber Monday Likely Contain Vulnerabilities
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Nov 20, 2012
It's that time of year again, when employees carve out a little time
post-Turkey Day to shop for deals online while at the office on the
Monday after Thanksgiving. And Cyber Monday once again comes fraught
with security risks, according to new data, but most businesses say
employee productivity is more of a concern than network threats.
Nearly 60 percent of businesses surveyed by Dell SonicWall say employees
not working enough that day is their biggest worry, while 68 percent of
them say that their employees are unable to recognize an online threat
that imperils the corporate network. Companies say they also worry about
online shopping infecting their networks, according to Dell's findings.
"Cyber Monday raises productivity issues and potentially opens corporate
networks to possible threats," says Patrick Sweeney, executive director
of product management for Dell SonicWall.
Qualys, meanwhile, today released data on browsers and computers that
reveals the underlying problem with Cyber Monday: outdated browsers and
other applications that are prime targets for online attacks. Half of
users are running browsers that are outdated and contain
vulnerabilities, according to the data gathered from more than 1 million
end user computers over the past year.
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