Most Malware Alerts are Erroneous


Enterprise IT companies spend more time investigating erroneous alerts than investigating real threats.

A study by Ponemon Institute concludes that inaccurate malware alerts burn up valuable IT time and prevent the investigation of more serious threats. According to the report, which was commissioned by the security company Damballa, a large enterprise company can receive up to 17,000 malware alerts in a single week. These companies spent an average of 395 person-hours per week “chasing erroneous alerts.”
This huge allotment of time for investigating non-problems means that an average of only 198.8 hours per week remained for investigating real threats. The report estimates only about 19% of all malware threats are reliable, and the cost of investigating erroneous threats can average $1.27 million annually.
The time and expense necessary for chasing unreliable alerts means that only 4% of all alerts are adequately investigated.


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