Wednesday, June 22, 2011

CISCO's ARMS Going Down

A group of researchers at Cisco started maintaining an index a few years ago to measure the state of security in the world's computer systems. It's called the Adversary Market Resource Share (ARMS). With all the data breaches and losses in the past year, one might assume that the index is rising to new levels. However, they predict that this year it will be dropping below the previous year's level of 6.8 to perhaps 6.6.

The reason for this is that although the number of attacks has grown, the number of botnets successfully destroyed has also grown, making attacks lower than they might otherwise have been and leaving relatively lower numbers of successful attacks.

Good to hear that there is some progress being made. .

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