10 Key Takeaways From Cisco's Annual Cybersecurity Report

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Important Findings From Cisco

Cyberattackers have reached an unprecedented level of sophistication, and the impact of their exploits has never been more widely felt, according to the findings of Cisco Systems' annual cybersecurity report.

Attackers are getting better at evading detection and have made serious headway in exploiting new technologies like the Internet of Things and cloud services. Between October 2016 and October 2017, the number of malware attacks increased 250 percent. Attackers study what organizations do and fail to do to defend themselves. Social media and the public cloud have become serious vulnerabilities.

And while businesses are making more investments to protect themselves, whether through artificial intelligence or operational technology, many are still prcaticing bad habits that jeopardize corporate systems and data. Patch management still isn't done very well in most organizations, Franc Artes, architect in Cisco's security business group, told CRN.

Cisco partners who in the past have been reluctant to dive into the security arena are beginning to realize they need to do more to help their customers and are finding ways to profitably offer security optimization, management and assessment solutions, Steve Benvenuto, senior director of Cisco's global security partner sales, said in an interview with CRN.

Here are 10 key takeaways from the Cisco report.

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