Businesses should prepare for an increase in the number of spam and cyber-attacks as Valentines Day approaches, according to managed security firm, Network Box.
Valentines Day, which falls on a Sunday this year, is increasingly being exploited by cyber-criminals to steal data and infect computers and networks. Businesses need to be aware that there will be a spike in phishing attacks, malware and spam on and around Valentines Day.
Christmas 2009 saw a dramatic rise in the level of phishing attacks, which accounted for 57 per cent of all malware, and a similar peak is expected to be reached over the Valentines Day period, as cyber-criminals attempt to lure internet users with temptations such as e-cards from mystery admirers.
As Simon Heron, Internet Security Analyst, Network Box says: Phishers are always looking for ways to catch people off guard and Valentines Day presents the perfect opportunity. Valentines Day is all about accepting messages from unknown admirers, which is extremely dangerous in security terms. We advise businesses to ensure that their systems are fully updated and patched, and that employees are made aware of the increased risk. Many people will think they can spot a fraudulent Valentines Day spam email, but will they be as aware of the risk when communicating over social networks and adding Valentines Day apps to their profiles?
For more information on security issues, see www.network-box.co.uk, or visit Simon Herons blog at: http://blog.network-box.co.uk/, or follow Simon on Twitter: http://twitter.com/networkbox.
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About Network Box:
Network Box Limited (NBL) is an international managed security services company, specialising in unified threat management (UTM). It continuously defends the networks of its customers using PUSH technology to instantaneously update protection, from 12 Security Operations Centres spread around the globe. NBLs customers in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe include companies such as BMW, Nintendo and Toyota, as well as banks, utilities companies and government organisations.
For more information, see www.network-box.co.uk / www.network-box.com.
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