A leading malware research company announced this week that it found a substantial uptick in the spyware and malware infection rate among new PC owners.
Researchers with Prevx, a U.K.-based firm, say that new PC owners are more likely to have problems with malicious software because many systems come pre-shipped with trial versions of security software.
"New PC users are more at risk due to their use of trial versions of security applications pre-shipped by the PC manufacturer,” said Mel Morris, CEO at Prevx. “These security applications are typically last year's version and even after applying umerous updates are not as strong their current replacements.”
But typical users think that because they have some kind of security program, they are safe. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, Morris said.
“These products are easily defeated by modern malware,” he said. “The real exposure is then heightened by the user's misplaced confidence when surfing and erforming ecommerce activities."
A law originally designed to push IT modernization in the federal government should be used to evaluate how agencies are meeting a number of government-wide cybersecurity goals, from modernization and supply chain threats to implementing post-quantum encryption protocols, experts told Congress.