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Andrew Avanessian
November 9th, 2014

Malware: An evolutionary story

Earlier this year, a study from IDC and the National University of Singapore (NUS) predicted that enterprises will spend around $500 billion in 2014 on making fixes and recovering from data breaches and malware. In the past few months alone, we’ve seen Target reveal the cost of its recent breach could reach as much as $148 million. The figures are stark, but for the uninitiated the world of malware and its history is something of a mystery. So, where did they originate? How have they changed? And what does the future of malware look like?

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Keeping cyber security front of mind this October

Since the mid 90′s, the internet has had a profound impact on our personal and business lives. It’s transformed how we communicate, how we shop, even how we heat our homes. In an enterprise setting, the internet is the lifeblood of the organization, the engine which keeps everything moving. And yet the World Wide Web, on which we’ve come to depend, can also pose a significant threat if we don’t take the appropriate steps to mitigate its risks.

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Take an in-depth look at your IT security

Over the past few months we’ve seen a spate of IT security breaches in the US. Retailers, Supervalu, Albertsons and the courier, UBS recently revealed they’d suffered significant data attacks, with customers debit and credit card details compromised. Meanwhile in the healthcare sector, Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

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