Analysis of the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report - Q3/Q4 2002

news analysis (excerpt)

London, UK - 14 February 2003, 11:00 GMT - In response to widespread interest in the mi2g Intelligence Unit's views on the recently released Symantec Internet Security Threat Report [Q3/Q4 2002], we have produced the following analysis in order to clarify some of the perceived differences between Symantec's research and our own. Quotations from the Symantec Report are in Italics.

Differences in Research Approach, Methodology and Sample Data

The Symantec Internet Security Threat report is based on analysing attempted system penetrations directly from the intrusion detection and threat management systems of more than 400 corporate networks around the world deploying Symantec's managed security services. This approach may allow a comprehensive analysis of hacking attempts on Symantec's sample but it may not provide an adequate overview of the full extent of successful Internet attacks suffered by non-Symantec customers worldwide. Many micro, small, medium and large economic entities across the globe who are victims of successful digital attacks every day are not part of the Symantec sampling.


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