The good news out of IBM’s annual “X-Force” report, which covers enterprise security, is that companies are really starting to tighten up their operations to lock down sensitive data and keep out online intruders. Of course, attackers, like cockroaches, are quickly adapting and figuring out new ways to crawl under the walls.

The report revealed a 50-percent decline in spam email in 2011 when compared to 2010 and more diligent patching of security vulnerabilities by software vendors, with only 36 percent of software vulnerabilities remaining unpatched in 2011 compared to 43 percent in 2010. There's also reportedly higher quality of software application code—as seen in web-application vulnerabilities called cross-site scripting—half as likely to exist in clients’ software as they were four years ago.

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