Botnets are not going away. In fact, Gartner predicts that botnets will be going strong for the next few years, continuing to create security problems for businesses of all sizes.
Unfortunately, organizations have turned their attention to other threats, according to CDW's Botnet Protection Straw Poll.
CDW surveyed 200 IT security managers and decision-makers at medium and large businesses across the United States and only 14 percent of respondents named botnets as their next big cyber security threat, behind data loss, evolved forms of current threats and malicious attacks. That low number is despite signs like the Gartner prediction and other well-publicized botnet threat reports. For instance, stated the report:
Of course, it is possible that lower priority to botnet threats is due to the frustration in the limited ability to stop them, according to a SearchSecurity.com article. Robert Westervelt wrote:
The botnet ecosystem is flourishing as a result of ineffective measures being undertaken by security researchers to get them shut down, Vitaly Kamluk, chief security expert at Kaspersky, told hundreds of incident response team members Wednesday at the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) Conference 2010.
Kamluk explained how cybercriminals have undertaken measures to oversee deal-making between the botnet owners and the users who are renting them out. A guarantor or mediator, who typically is the owner of an established Web forum for cybercriminal activity, oversees deals and gets a cut of the action.