Cyberattacks in Latin America jump 500% since 2009

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cyberattacks in Latin America have increased 500% since 2009, according to Rodrigo Rojas, attorney for Chilean IT industry association Acti.

"Most targeted countries were Brazil and Mexico," Rojas was quoted as saying by Chilean IT solutions company NovaRed.

"Security is in the eighth spot for companies' priorities, and that mentality is what we want change," NovaRed CEO Miguel Pérez said.

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Pointing to figures from a Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) survey, Pérez said "59% of people want to use their mobile devices at their workplaces, even if it means working more hours per day." In this context, security must be a top priority for companies, since attacks and threats tend to grow in number and complexity.