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Symantec reports employee behavior with respect to prohibited websites

Symantec Corp., the security company, on September 21, 2010, released its MessageLabs Intelligence Report of September 2010, according to which, a total of 35% of office-based as well as remote employees who work with the web security facility that Symantec's MessageLabs hosts have great chances of accessing websites that the company prohibits while surfing outside the office instead of when doing so inside it.

Consequently, security may be at peril as these websites have great possibilities of carrying malicious content, particularly viruses that can subsequently creep into the organization's computer network.

So the report emphasizes that it's vital to put into force suitable usage policies for stopping the working staffs from going to harmful, illegitimate or crime-ridden websites. On the whole, malware on the Web was responsible for one in 1,807 of all website access preventions initiated for remote employees in contrast to one in 322 for employees inside the office.

State the security researchers that security at the endpoint is vital so far as an additional layer of defense is concerned. When such security is implemented, attacks are prevented which may spread differently like a drive-by assault initiated via a hijacked site, alternatively worms and Trojans which disseminate via duplicating themselves on detachable drives.

For instance, malicious programs on network drives may be duplicated on detachable devices when the latter are plugged into PCs. Lately, the "Here you have" worm spread in this manner.

Moreover, Symantec's report further outlines that the total worldwide e-mail junk in proportion to all e-mails that previously unknown or fresh bad sources delivered during September 2010 was 91.9% and it accounted for a 0.3% drop from August 2010.

Additionally, the total worldwide e-mail carrying malware in proportion to all e-mails that the same kind of sources delivered during September 2010 was 0.46% and they accounted for a 0.15% rise from August 2010. Also during September, 7.6% of all e-mail containing malware had web-links that led onto malevolent sites, thus accounting for a 13.6% fall from August, 2010.

Lastly, phishing operations during September 2010 accounted for 0.26% of all e-mails, leading to a 0.01% drop from August 2010.

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