IT security in the modern world is a moving target with many different variables. One thing is fairly certain, and that’s the fact that security threats remain a pervasive issue across the enterprise IT landscape. According to the Check Point 2014 Security Report released on May 8, 84 percent of the organizations that were analyzed in 2013 had some form of malware present in their enterprise. Adding further insult to injury, Check Point reported that 88 percent of analyzed organizations experienced at least one potential data breach event in 2013, up from 54 percent in 2012. Looking at data loss events by industry vertical, Check Point found that in 2013, 87 percent of the government organizations it analyzed had at least one potential data loss incident, up from 70 percent in 2012. The increase in data breaches stands in contrast with a decline in the total number of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) that were publicly identified in 2013. There were 5,191 new CVEs in 2013, a moderate decline from the 5,297 reported in 2012. New vulnerabilities are not the only source of IT security risk, however; misconfigurations also are an issue. Check Point found that 33 percent of the host systems it analyzed in 2013 were not running fully updated software versions. In this slide show, eWEEK examines some of the key findings from the Check Point 2014 Security Report.

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