U.S.: The World's Biggest Security Threat


My coun-try, its IT, Spams very lib-'ral-ly, Its mal-ware stings...

No, I'm not being unpatriotic—I just couldn't help myself after reading a new report on IT security threats.

Security firm Sophos just released a quarterly report, which found that the U.S. truly is the world's superpower...at least when it comes to malware and spam.

In the first three months of 2008, the U.S. was found hosting 42 percent of the world's malware. That's a huge jump from the 2007 calendar year, when the U.S. housed less than a quarter of it. Only China (30.1 percent) and Russia (10.3 percent) also racked up double-digit percentages.

The U.S. also flexed its international muscle with spam, relaying 15.8 percent of all unwanted e-mail during the period. Russia and Turkey took the second and third spots, respectively.

(Read the full report for more on the most prolific threats of the first quarter.)

To be clear, though, it's not that U.S. government or specific companies based here are to blame; it's just one of those things that comes with being one of the most techie countries around. (And it made for better lyrics...)

But CIOs should note the stats. Sure, a solid security strategy will help keep the bad stuff away from your company, but threats are becoming more sophisticated each day. And a good number of IT leaders have felt the impact first-hand.

To all the CIOs and security specialists out there: do these numbers change the way you think about your security strategy?


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