This IDC Insight informs senior executives about the steadily increasing risks from hostile incursions through the Internet and offers guidance on steps that should be immediately implemented to forestall these attacks. The costs of most IT risks from defective Internet transmissions are not well understood, and the potential size of losses goes unrecognized. Malware (malicious software) disrupts computer operations, gathers sensitive information, or gains access to private communications. Exposure to losses from cyberthreats is hardly ever presented as a part of top-level management reviews. The consequences of damages from the Internet on business operations are not evaluated; meanwhile, the number of threats to business is rising rapidly. At the present time, cyberattack traffic accounts for more than half of Internet traffic, with 35% of total attacks originating in China, 20% in Indonesia, and 11% in the United States.
The statistics contained in this Insight are based on data generated in 2013. Furthermore, the cited cyberthreat metrics represent only a partial list of threat indicators. Further details will be covered in follow-on IDC documents.