Half Of Machines Shopping On Cyber Monday Likely Contain Vulnerabilities

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By Kelly Jackson Higgins Dark Reading Nov 20, 2012

It’s that time of year again, when employees carve out a little time post-Turkey Day to shop for deals online while at the office on the Monday after Thanksgiving. And Cyber Monday once again comes fraught with security risks, according to new data, but most businesses say employee productivity is more of a concern than network threats.

Nearly 60 percent of businesses surveyed by Dell SonicWall say employees not working enough that day is their biggest worry, while 68 percent of them say that their employees are unable to recognize an online threat that imperils the corporate network. Companies say they also worry about online shopping infecting their networks, according to Dell’s findings.

“Cyber Monday raises productivity issues and potentially opens corporate networks to possible threats,” says Patrick Sweeney, executive director of product management for Dell SonicWall.

Qualys, meanwhile, today released data on browsers and computers that reveals the underlying problem with Cyber Monday: outdated browsers and other applications that are prime targets for online attacks. Half of users are running browsers that are outdated and contain vulnerabilities, according to the data gathered from more than 1 million end user computers over the past year.

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