Microsoft post a report on the state of security that is very telling on the state of security and trends affecting users.
The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is a comprehensive and wide-ranging study of the evolving threat landscape, and addresses such topics as software vulnerability disclosures and exploits, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software. An example to the kind of date has been taken from the latest report, shows trends in malware.
Volume 8 of the Microsoft® Security Intelligence Report provides in-depth perspectives on malicious and potentially unwanted software, software exploits, security breaches, and software vulnerabilities in both Microsoft and third party software. Microsoft developed these perspectives based on detailed analysis over the past several years, with a focus on the second half of 2009 (2H09)1.
This document summarizes the key findings of the report. The full Security Intelligence Report also includes deep analysis of trends found in more than 26 countries/regions around the world and offers strategies, mitigations, and countermeasures that can be used to manage the threats that are documented in the report.
The full Security Intelligence Report, as well as previous volumes of the report and related videos, can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com/sir.
For any security profession this is a great resource.
Get the full report here.