Concern grows over browser security

Tuesday, 13 April 2004, 1:40 AM EST

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) on Monday released its second annual report on IT security and the work force. The survey asked nearly 900 organizations to rank their top 15 security concerns. According to the results, 36.8 percent said they were plagued by one or more browser-based attacks in the last six months. That's up from 25 percent in last year's survey.

"Browser-based attacks are a logical evolution," said Randall Palm, director of IT at CompTIA. "The better we get at stopping attacks, the more creative hackers get at writing new ones. Ten years ago, most viruses were distributed on floppy disks. Then came e-mail and instant-messaging software. Now, they are targeting browsers."

By Marguerite Reardon at CNET.

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