Spyware has become the fourth-greatest threat to a company’s enterprise
network security, according to a new analyst report.
International Data Corp. (IDC), a major industry analyst firm based in
Framingham, Mass., reports that 67 percent of all computers are infected
with some form of spyware. Consumer machines make up more of that
percentage than enterprise systems.
The deluge of spyware can damage legitimate software, slow network
performance and hinder employee productivity, according to IDC analysts.
”Today, more malicious spyware can easily infiltrate corporate
firewalls,” says Brian Burke, research manager for Security Products at
IDC. ”These programs make their way into the corporate Intranet under
the guise of less-threatening network traffic and, once in, they can
Spyware, also known as adWare, malware and scumware, is an insidious,
digital infection that secretly gathers information about a person or a
company and relays it back to advertisers or hackers. Spyware can infect
a computer through a virus or through the installation of new software.
Spyware aids identity theft and data corruption, and tracks users’ online
activities without their knowledge.
According to IDC, the need to find and uninstall these pieces of
parasitic software is driving the anti-spyware market. The industry
analyst firm predicts that the market, which had $12 million revenues in
2003, will skyrocket to $305 million by 2008.
More information on spyware and adware removal and prevention is
available at Intranet
Journal’s Spyware Guide.