Nigeria has jumped to the 59th position on the 2012 Global Internet Threat Security Report, Volume 17, moving six places from its previous position in 2011, according to a new report released by Symantec Inc., the world’s leader in information technology security.
Mr. Sheldon Hand, Territory Manager, West, East and Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands for Symantec, who disclosed the results at the weekend in Lagos, said that information explosion occasioned by the availability of more international fibre cables bandwidths and consumerisation of IT was the major cause of security risks and threats.
Mr. Hand, who noted that four key trends have emerged, said that malware has increased by 81 per cent and targeted attacks have expanded with Stuxnet and Flame viruses, targeting industrial and nuclear facilities to steal information and cripple operations. Other trends include mobile threats and data breaches.
At the moment, 294 billion emails are sent daily while 2.8 million emails are sent every second. Currently, Symantec protects the information of more than 60 per cent of the telecommunications operators and it also protects the information of more than 50 per cent of the banks in Nigeria.
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