Cisco midyear security report serves up mostly bad news

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Cisco Systems Inc.’s 2016 Midyear Cybersecurity Report, which was released today, paints an alarming picture of the state of security defenses, even as attacks proliferate and get more sophisticated and ruthless. The report, which is based upon data gathered from Cisco’s global network, depicts a mish-mash of outdated and unpatched software offering up tempting targets to attackers who move with ever-improving agility and precision.

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