McAfee Labs Report Finds Only 42 Percent of Surveyed Cybersecurity Professionals Use Shared Threat Intelligence

Survey of 500 Cybersecurity Professionals Gauges Adoption and Perceived Value of Cyber Threat Intelligence Sharing in Enterprise Cybersecurity; New Ransomware Surges 26 Percent in Q4

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    Only 42 percent of surveyed cybersecurity professionals report using shared cyber threat intelligence.
    Survey respondents perceive the greatest barriers to cyber threat intelligence sharing are corporate policies (54 percent), industry regulations (24 percent) and a lack of information on how it would be used (24 percent).
    McAfee Labs threat trend analysis finds new ransomware grew 26 percent quarter-over-quarter in Q4 2015.
    Threat researchers saw a 72 percent quarter-over-quarter increase in new mobile malware samples in Q4 2015.

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This quarter’s report also assesses the Adwind remote administration tool (RAT), a Java*-based backdoor Trojan that targets various platforms supporting Java files. Adwind is typically propagated through spam campaigns that employ malware-laden email attachments, compromised web pages and drive-by downloads. The McAfee Labs Report depicts a rapid increase in the number of .jar file samples identified by McAfee Labs researchers as Adwind, with 7,295 in Q4 2015, a leap of 426 percent from 1,388 in Q1 2015.

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