The Internet Security threat report 2013

The Internet Security threat report 2013 by semantic group has been released. Symantec “maintains one of the world’s most comprehensive vulnerability databases, currently consisting of more than 51,644 recorded vulnerabilities (spanning more than two decades) from over 16,687 vendors representing over 43,391 products.” (Internet Security threat report 2013). “Symantec has established some of the most comprehensive sources of Internet threat data in the world through the Symantec Global Intelligence Network, which is made up of approximately 69 million attack sensors and records thousands of events per second. This network monitors threat activity in over 157 countries and territories through a combination of Symantec products and services such as Symantec DeepSight™ Threat Management System, Symantec™ Managed Security Services and Norton™ consumer products, and other third-party data sources” (Internet Security threat report 2013). The report has got in-depth details about the growth of cyber attacks in the year 2012. The biggest area being the mobile malware , this will shock many because the main drive of this is too steal information and track movements.Whats the other new part, Zero-day vulnerabilities continue to trend upward; 14 were reported in 2012.Wait a munute! and you say that you are secure?

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The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR)

I have skimmed through the report and i cant wait to digest it further. It has critical intelligence details about the security architecture aof Microsoft OS, I truly recommend this for ICT security experts.

The report discusses the vulnerabilities discovered in windows in area of adobe applications, java applications, Document parser exploits,HTML and JavaScript exploits in detailed graphs and statistics. The report also touches on malware, Email threats.

For intelligence diggers, the most interesting bit is how the report comprehensively maps about the most affected area, this will help the security admins to determine the level of security required to secure the systems.

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About this report
The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) focuses on software vulnerabilities, software vulnerability exploits, and malicious and potentially unwanted software. Past reports and related resources are available for download at We hope that readers find the data, insights, and guidance provided in this report useful in helping them protect their organizations, software, and users.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore impact of ICT, in Education, Entertainment, Development, Governance/politics, and Industry

Design/methodology/approach – This is a term paper for ICT Impact on Society (MDC 6402).The methodology used is literature review from scientific research papers.

Findings – ICT has impacted every sector either positive or negatively but positive impact supersedes negative impacts.


Paper type – Research paper

Keywords— Education, Entertainment, Development, Governance/politics and, Industry

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