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The IBM X-Force Trend and Risk Report
The IBM X-Force Trend and Risk Report is produced twice per year: once at mid-year and once at year-end. This report provides statistical information about all aspects of threats that affect Internet security, including software vulnerabilities and public exploitation, malware, spam, phishing, web-based threats, and general cyber criminal activity. They are intended to help customers, fellow researchers, and the public at large understand the changing nature of the threat landscape and what might be done to mitigate it. Questions or comments regarding this report should be addressed to

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The IBM X-Force research and development teams study and monitor the latest threat trends including vulnerabilities, exploits and active attacks, viruses and other malware, spam, phishing, and malicious web content. In addition to advising customers and the general public on how to respond to emerging and critical threats, the X-Force also delivers security content to protect IBM customers from these threats.

IBM X-Force® 2012 Trend and Risk Report

Despite several high-profile attacks conducted by suspected state-sponsored groups using advanced methods, X-Force believes off-the-shelf tools and techniques used against a broad target base were responsible for many of the security incidents in 2012. X-Force attributes this to the wide availability of toolkits and the large number of vulnerable Internet applications, and concludes that attackers enjoyed a better return on exploit development in 2012.

IBM Security also recently predicted mobile computing devices should be more secure than traditional user computing devices by 2014. This report covers today’s secure software mobile application development initiatives and how security executives advocate the separation of personas or roles on employee-owned devices.

Download your copy of the IBM X-Force 2012 Trend and Risk Report today to read about these and many other aspects of our changing threat landscape!

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