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Study: Mobile Malware, Malicious Websites Increased in 2011

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Protecting customer and company data is becoming more difficult for businesses than ever before as cyberthreats and mobile malware rose to new heights last year, according to a study by security firm McAfee.

The report revealed that malware declined in the forth quarter overall, yet

Protecting customer and company data is becoming more difficult for businesses than ever before as cyberthreats and mobile malware rose to new heights last year, according to a study by security firm McAfee.

The report revealed that malware declined in the forth quarter overall, yet mobile malware was more active than the company had ever previously witnessed. Meanwhile, the amount of malicious websites nearly doubled.

"The threat landscape continued to evolve in 2011, and we saw a significant shift in motivation for cyberattacks," said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. "Increasingly, we've seen that no organization, platform or device is immune to the increasingly sophisticated and targeted threats. On a global basis, we are conducting more of our personal and business transactions through mobile devices, and this is creating new security risks and challenges."

The increased presence of targeted and sophisticated cyberthreats, combined with enterprises failing to properly secure mobile devices, resulted in data breaches more than doubling since 2009, McAfee reported.

The wide range of dangerous cyberthreats makes it imperative for companies in all sectors to improve their security strategies by updating virus protection technologies and creating comprehensive data protection policies, experts say.