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What is the Cost of Malware Containment?

Malware is an issue that is costing enterprises approximately 395 hours a week chasing down alerts that aren't always accurate, according to a new Ponemon Institute study, sponsored by Damballa.

The study included responses from 630 surveys completed by IT and IT security professionals in the United States. The purpose of the study was to better understand the economics of malware and specifically how much time and money it takes to contain threats.

According to the report, organizations have an average of 16,937 malware alerts per week.

"Of those alerts, only 19 percent are considered to be reliable alerts, and only 4 percent are actually investigated," Larry Ponemon, head of the Ponemon Institute, told eWEEK. "That basically means that there are alerts that are not investigated."

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Malware Containment Continues to Weigh Heavily on Organizations

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.