Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) is an annual report which provides an overview and in-depth analysis of the online security landscape over the previous year. The report is based on data from Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network, which Symantec analysts use to identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in cyberattacks, malicious code activity, phishing, and spam as well as the wider threat landscape trends in general.
The latest release, ISTR volume 18, may be considered the most comprehensive and detailed to date. Among other findings, the report incorporated up-to-date data and analysis on targeted attacks, data breaches, malware, spam, vulnerabilities, and mobile malware.
Everyone in Symantec is extremely proud of the ISTR; however, this is no time to rest on our laurels. We are constantly looking to improve the quality of our products and services. This includes the ISTR. To that end, we would like to elicit the help of our readers with the first ever ISTR readership survey. Through engaging with the ISTR readership, we hope that we can better tailor future reports to suit your needs and wants.
For example, would you like to see more in the report on data breaches? Perhaps you want to see an even wider focus on targeted attacks? Now is your chance to tell us your preferences, which parts you enjoy, and which parts you may want to skip over. While we will always endeavor to provide you with the best information about the most pertinent threats, we want to know what this means to our individual readers and the businesses they may represent in order to better understand how the report is being used.
We also want to find out whether you would prefer to receive more frequent ISTR-style reports in addition to the annual publication. Now is your chance to share your thoughts on all things ISTR—as the saying goes, help us to help you.
You can be heard by completing our ISTR user survey. It is quick and easy to complete, and your contributions are invaluable to us as we strive to improve the quality of our output. We would also encourage you, if you can, to share the survey with as many of your ISTR reading friends or colleagues as possible.
Thanks for reading and for helping out. We look forward to collecting your responses and making the ISTR a more responsive, tailored, and user friendly report, and we hope that you will continue to enjoy reading the report well into the future.