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Merely 6% of EU Organizations Suffered Data Loss Via Malware During 2010

In a recently published research paper, Eurostat the statistical office of European Union states that 6% of the organizations in the region have been victims of data breach during 2010. Messaging Architects reported this on December 15, 2010.

Revealed the investigators at Eurostat, 5% of EU companies had been victims of data leakage owing to malware infection alternatively illegitimate admission into computers, while 1% had suffered leakage of data owing to phishing, pharming and intrusion attacks. Moreover, 12% couldn't access computers or had suffered loss of data owing to software and hardware malfunctioning.

Besides, the research paper states that the European countries with most malware infections as also illegal access were Poland and Slovakia where 14% and 20% of organizations experienced the attacks respectively. The least number of similar incidences occurred in UK, Latvia, Sweden and Hungary with 2% of organizations experiencing them.

Additionally some 66% of Italian firms utilized hard-to-crack passwords towards safeguarding their company networks. This rate was the largest among the European countries followed with Slovenia and Ireland, each at 64%, Spain (63%), Luxembourg (62%), Romania (29%), Hungary (24%) and Slovakia (20%).

However, the countries could have prevented considerable amounts of the above problems through heightened initiative. The survey by Eurostat discovered software and hardware problems as the reasons for plenty of problems such as malware and phishing attacks.

Luckily, the European Union along with other government agencies specifically regards probable cyber-crime as posing imminent destructive threat. And as online-crooks globally are disturbed about different governments' reactions in the wake of the WikiLeaks' disclosures that have targeted corporations and possibly government IT, this consideration proves to be particularly true.

Yet, for avoiding destruction from the said attacks, it's recommended that companies should check the security practices of their employees again before dealing with careless insiders' growing threat. In all 3 categories of these insiders have been delineated: malicious employees, employees who get fooled and become victims of socially-engineered assaults, and untrained employees. But by being wary of these security dangers as also ready for combating them, enterprises can easily prevent these very ordinary sources of data breaches, the researchers eventually stated.

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