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Security: 2016 Saw the Return of Massive Volumes of Spam Email

By Dick Weisinger

Email servers are being swamped by in-coming spam.  A report by Cisco on cybersecurity finds that as much as 65 percent of all mail that is sent is spam and about 20 percent of the spam sent has malicious content.  The amount of spam had been declining, and actually reached a low point in 2015, but 2016 saw it climb back to the highest it has been since 2010.

Other findings from the Cisco report include:

  • Average broadband speeds will double from 2015 to 2020
  • IP video traffic in 2015 made up 70 percent of all traffic.  By 2020, that will increase to 82 percent.
  • By 2020, two-thirds of all IP traffic will be from wireless and mobile devices.
  • Global IP traffic will increase three times from now until 2020 to reach 2.3 ZetaBytes per year.

John Stewart,  Chief Security and Trust Officer at Cisco, said that “the thing that I think we will see change is that more customers will talk about security in business terms and will be measuring efficacy rather than just how much they spend. Candidly, asking how much money is spent on IT security is the wrong question.”

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