By Tim Wilson
OCTOBER 3, 2008
Enterprises are beginning to feel the heat from two emerging classes of
exploits that have emerged over the past year: targeted attacks and DNS
vulnerabilities, according to a new study scheduled to be released next
The Computer Security Institute is preparing to release its 13th annual
Computer Crime and Security Survey, which outlines the attitudes and
experiences of more than 500 enterprise security professionals over the
course of the last year. The full CSI report will be revealed in a
webcast  to be held on Oct. 8.
In a preview of the report, CSI director Robert Richardson said he was
struck by the fact that 27 percent of the respondents to the 2008 survey
indicated that their enterprises had been hit by a targeted attack --
defined as a malware attack aimed exclusively at the enterprise or at a
small subset of the general business population --during the last year.
"We've heard a lot of warnings from security researchers about targeted
attacks, but what this data says to me is that these attacks are really
happening," Richardson says. "They may have been hypothetical a few
years ago, but these are a reality today."
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