Twice a year we put together a report detailing trends that we see which are threat related in the computer security environment.  Today we have released our seventh report which you can find at www.microsoft.com/sir. I’m very excited about this report. We, the MMPC, and our partners in the Microsoft Security Engineering Center, Bing, Windows Live and many others have collaborated to make this our most comprehensive report to date. 

The report includes insights drawn from data collected consensually from the more than 450 million people  running the Malicious Software Removal Tool each month, the hundreds of millions of mailboxes at Hotmail we protect, data gathered by Bing in scanning billions of web pages each year as well as the telemetry received from more than 100 million of our customers running Windows Live OneCare, Forefront Client Security, Windows Defender as well as spam, phishing and malware data relating to the billions of emails scanned by Forefront Online Protection for Exchange.

The data we have available gives us an unparalleled view of threat activity on the internet both worldwide as well as regionally in more than 212 countries and regions across all seven continents. 

In this edition we provide an in-depth review of malicious and potentially unwanted software, software exploits, security breaches, software vulnerabilities (both Microsoft and third party) around the world as well as providing detailed views of a number of countries. We review malware distribution sites by country, discuss phishing and spam trends and geographic distribution, details on vulnerability disclosure practices, differences in threat distribution between consumers and enterprise and we also provide guidance for IT professionals and business decision makers based on this information.

For the first time ever, we include Best Practices contributed by representatives from four of the countries (Austria, Finland, Germany, and Japan) that have managed to maintain the lowest malware infection counts in their countries.

It is our hope that you find this information valuable and that it helps you to make shrewd risk-management decisions.  We also welcome your feedback for future editions.  Please email us at SIRFB at microsoft.com with your thoughts.

--Jeff Williams Principal Group Program Manager, MMPC