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Explosive growth of advanced attacks and malicious traffic

The Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report, released today, reveals that threats designed to take advantage of users’ trust in systems, applications and personal networks have reached startling levels. A worldwide shortage of nearly a million skilled security professionals is impacting organizations??? abilities to monitor and secure networks, while overall vulnerabilities and threats reached their highest levels since 2000. One-hundred percent of a sample of 30 of the world’s largest multinational company networks generated visitor traffic to Web sites that host malware. Ninety-six percent of networks reviewed communicated traffic to hijacked servers. Similarly, 92 percent transmitted traffic to Web pages without content, which typically host malicious activity.