Report Finds Spyware Has Become A Corporate Scourge
Forrester Research predicts infection levels will reach 25% in 12 months, prompting 65% of companies surveyed to say they will invest in new and upgraded anti-spyware tools this year.
Spyware has become a serious security and IT support issue, according to a new report from Forrester Research, and enterprises are increasingly turning to anti-spyware products to help control the scourge.
According to "Antispyware adoption in 2005," the real level of infection may be difficult to gauge, since 39% of companies surveyed had no idea how many of their systems were affected. However, report author David Friedlander writes that the remaining respondents put the infection level as high as 17%. Indeed, According to Friedlander, the problem is likely to get worse, noting Forrester expects this to increase to as much as 25% within 12 months as spyware proliferates and becomes more aggressive."
Some 80% of companies surveyed have already deployed specialized tools to deal with the problem, though Friedlander notes that, for the most part, they have not done so on a systematic basis. "Tools were frequently introduced in an ad hoc manner over the past two years to fix infected PCs," Friedlander notes, "but companies are now looking to extend protection to more systems." Indeed, 65% of respondents plan to invest in new and upgraded anti-spyware tools this year.
Not surprisingly, the report finds that McAfee is the anti-spyware software market leader with a 42% share, while Lavasoft's Ad-Aware software is in a close second at 36%. Nevertheless, Friedlander predicts that there may yet be room for more players, with half of the companies that have not yet invested in anti-spyware tools planning to purchase them this year, and 65% of companies planning to buy best-of-breed products.
2014 Next-Gen WAN SurveyWhile 68% say demand for WAN bandwidth will increase, just 15% are in the process of bringing new services or more capacity online now. For 26%, cost is the problem. Enter vendors from Aryaka to Cisco to Pertino, all looking to use cloud to transform how IT delivers wide-area connectivity.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of October 9, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."