An IT professional recently told me that no matter how resolute his company was about security, there's always the human element to consider. The key findings of our latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report  are interesting from a Canadian perspective, particularly where malware is concerned. As a comprehensive and wide-ranging study of the evolving threat landscape, the SIR addresses such topics as software vulnerability disclosures and exploits, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software. The report is definitely something that all IT leaders should review on a regular basis.

With malware accounting for a whopping 73 per cent of all threats detected on infected PCs in 2009, there is still more to be done when it comes to educating Canadians on the importance of proactive IT security. The SIR also found that most common category in Canada was Miscellaneous Trojans, which includes all trojan families that are not classified as downloaders/droppers or backdoors, and accounted for 36.5 per cent of all infected computers. 

For those looking to know more about the SIR findings, the June 2010 issue of Momentum Newsletter features a TechNet Webcast that delves deeper into the findings of the report. And you can always read the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle Blog to stay in the loop on our strategy as it relates to security.