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2007 Malware Report: The Economic Impact of Viruses, Spyware, Adware, Botnets, and Other Malicious Code
Computer Economics 2005 Malware Report: The Impact of Malicious Code Attacks

Malware continues to be a serious threat to organizations worldwide, but objective data on the cost of malware damages is often difficult to obtain. Our 2007 Malware Report fills this need by providing a full breakdown of malware costs and a detailed analysis of the economic impact of malware attacks

This special report is based on our survey of IT security professionals and IT executives worldwide. It reports on the seriousness and overall change in the malware threat level by type (destructive virus attacks, spyware attacks, adware attacks, botnet code infections, and hacker tool infections). For each type of malicious code attack, it provides statistics for remediation cost, user hours lost, system downtime, and total cost damages. It then summarizes the annual damages by organization size, and provides historical estimates the total economic impact of malware by year for the period of 1997-2006. Analysis of the top ten malware entities in 2006 is also provided.

This report is an unbiased source for estimating malware damages and quantifying the benefits IT security investments to defend against these risks. It is a recognized source of statistics for conducting a malware risk assessment and developing the business case, budgets, and spending plans for anti-malware initiatives. This report has been widely referenced in the business press as a source of information regarding the history of computer virus attacks and their economic impact.

Purchase the 2007 Malware Report now.


Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
    • Types of Malware
    • Categories of Malware Damages
    • Major Findings
    • Additional Information About This Study
       
  • The Scope and Economic Impact of Malware Attacks
    • The Seriousness of Malware Threats
    • Changes in Malware Threat Levels in the Past 12 Months
    • Challenges in Estimating Malware Damages
    • Frequency and Economic Impact of Malware Attacks by Organization
    • Vectors for Malware Infections
       
  • Analysis of Malware Events by Type
    • Destructive Viruses
    • Spyware
    • Adware
    • Hacker Tools
    • Botnets
    • Economic Impact of Malware Events by Type
       
  • Worldwide Impact of Malware Events
    • Malware Cost Damages Worldwide 1997-2006
    • Top Ten Malware Events in 2006
    • Financial Impact of Leading Malware Attacks by Year
    • Top Ten All-Time Most Costly Malware Attacks
       
  • Profiles of the Top Ten Malware Entities of 2006
    • Mytob
    • Sdbot
    • Netsky 
    • Sober 
    • Nyxem 
    • Zafi 
    • Bagle 
    • Warezov 
    • Lovgate 
    • Mydoom 
       
  • Demographics

List of Figures
  • Figure 1--Seriousness of Malware Attacks in General
  • Figure 2--Malware: Change in Threat Level in Past Year
  • Figure 3--Does Your Organization Track Malware Impact?
  • Figure 4--Confidence Levels for Malware Damage Estimates
  • Figure 5--Annual Number of Malware Events Per Organization (Composite)
  • Figure 6--Annual Number of Malware Events Per Organization: by Number of Desktops
  • Figure 7--Annual Economic Impact of All Malware Attacks: Per Organization (Composite)
  • Figure 8--Annual Economic Impact of All Malware Attacks Per Organization: by Number of Desktops
  • Figure 9--Malware: Vectors for Infection
  • Figure 10--Average Mix of Malware Events by Type
  • Figure 11--Types of Malware Threats Ranked by Seriousness
  • Figure 12--Change in Malware Threat Levels by Type Over Past 12 Months
  • Figure 13--Seriousness of Destructive Virus Attacks
  • Figure 14--Destructive Viruses: Change in Threat Level in Past Year
  • Figure 15--Annual Number of Destructive Virus Events Per Organization: by Number of Desktops
  • Figure 16--Seriousness of Spyware Attacks
  • Figure 17--Spyware: Change in Threat Level in Past Year
  • Figure 18--Annual Number of Spyware Events Per Organization: by Number of Desktops
  • Figure 19--Seriousness of Adware Attacks
  • Figure 20--Adware: Change in Threat Level in Past Year
  • Figure 21--Annual Number of Adware Events Per Organization: by Number of Desktops
  • Figure 22--Seriousness of Hacker Tool Infections
  • Figure 23--Hacker Tools: Change in Threat Level in Past Year
  • Figure 24--Annual Number of Hacker Tool Infections Per Organization: by Number of Desktops
  • Figure 25--Seriousness of Botnet Infections
  • Figure 26--Botnet Infections: Change in Threat Level in Past Year
  • Figure 27--Annual Number of Botnet Infection Events Per Organization: by Number of Desktops
  • Figure 28--Key Statistics For Malware Events by Type (number of events, number of machines infected, number of users infected, hours to remediate, hours lost per user, hours downtime, average total damages)
  • Figure 29--Financial Impact of Malware Attacks 1997–2006
  • Figure 30--Top Ten Malware Attacks in 2006
  • Figure 31--Financial Impact of Major Virus Attacks by Year (2000-2006)
  • Figure 22--Top Ten All-Time Costliest Malware Attacks
  • Figure 33--Respondents by Location
  • Figure 34--Respondents by Industry
  • Figure 35--Respondents by Number of Desktops
  • Figure 36--Respondents by Job Function

Purchase the 2007 Malware Report now.

For more information, read an extract from the 2007 Malware Report.


Other Related Reports

For trends in IT security threats beyond malware, please see our Trends in IT Security Threats: 2007 report, which analyzes trends for 12 categories of IT security threats.

For in-depth analysis of IT security spending, management, practices, and security incidents, be sure to check out our IT Security Study.


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