Surge in browser-based attacks
Browser-based attacks are on the rise, according to the second annual survey on IT security and the workforce from the Computing Technology Industry Assocation (CompTIA).
The survey of nearly 900 organizations, released Monday, showed that 36.8 percent suffered one or more browser-based attacks in the last six months, up 25 percent from last year.
Typically, browser-based attacks involve web sites with hidden malicious code and can crash browsers or more seriously, result in theft of personal or proprietary data, according to CompTIA.
Meanwhile, viruses and worms are less prevalent, the survey indicated. This year, 68.6 percent of the organizations queried identified worm and virus attacks as their most common IT security threat, down from 80 percent last year.