Friday, July 08, 2005
Time to infection - 12 minutes
A story on CRN tells the grim tale of the lifespan of an unprotected machine - according to information from Sophos, a machine on the Internet averages 12 minutes before it’s infected with a worm. The Internet Storm Center estimates the time at 34 minutes, while an AvanteGarde study over two weeks calculated an average 4 minutes before an XP SP1 machine was compromised by bots. Take it as you will – even being very conservative, 34 minutes to infection is unacceptable. If your machines and XPE devices aren’t protected with a firewall and some good anti-virus software, you’re in for trouble.