With limited staff in place, targeted attacks during the holidays are a concern for enterprise security


QUOTE:  Are businesses more susceptible to attack over major holidays? With so many organizations running skeleton crews as employees take time off to be with their friends and families, many people seem to think so.  In an online survey of 270 security and IT professionals, about 57 percent said their companies may be more vulnerable to security attacks during major holidays such as Christmas or New Year’s. Breaking down by job function found that 61 percent of security professionals were concerned, compared to 54 percent of business stakeholders. The survey, which was conducted between Nov. 8 and Nov. 19, was commissioned by nCircle and conducted by Dimensional Research.

While it’s hard to tell if there are more Web attacks, such as denial of service, hacked Web applications, or network breaches, during major holidays (since criminals also like to celebrate the holidays too), there are more malware and malicious e-mail based attacks during this period. Cyber-criminals like to craft their phishing and spam campaigns that are specific to the holiday to increase the likelihood of the recipient falling for the scam.   In a recent interview with SecurityWatch, former New York City MayorRudy Giuliani called the holidays a “gold mine for identity theft.