Week in research: China tops cyberattack study; CIOs' role will change

China leads cyberattack traffic: About one-third of the world's cyberattack traffic in Q3 2012 originated in China, according to Akamai, which published its quarterly State of the Internet report on Wednesday. Many of those attacks target a specific type of Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) database. "China's growth from the second quarter was fairly significant, and somewhat surprising," the report said. In second place? The United States, from which 13 percent of cyberattacks originated between July and September. Russia, Taiwan and Turkey each accounted for less than 5 percent, says a Bloomberg article provided via The Cyberwire. Akamai noted that cyberattacks increased between Q2 and Q3 2012. "Towards the end of the third quarter, a set of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks targeted the Web sites of banks and other financial institutions. Among the attacks that targeted Akamai customers, we observed total traffic levels as high as 65 Gbps, with nearly a third of that targeting DNS infrastructure," the report said. Article

Akamai global attack traffic Q3 2012

Attack traffic, top originating countries (Image source: Akamai State of the Internet Q3 2012)

Healthcare heads for the cloud: The market for healthcare cloud computing will grow from $1.82 billion in 2011 to $6.79 billion in 2018, said Transparency Market Research in a new report. "Cloud computing helps healthcare organizations share all the information which is stored across various information systems in real time and increases productivity and cost-efficiency," the firm said in a press release. Transparency cites an aging population, higher demand for better healthcare services and higher overall costs for healthcare services as driving factors in the growth of cloud computing in this vertical. Release

Role change for Chief Information Officers: The CIO won't become an obsolete employee in the next decade, say--not surprisingly--the majority of CIOs surveyed in a Vanson Bourne study commissioned by Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD). However, the role of the CIO will change significantly due to the demands placed on the IT infrastructure of a company by elements like BYOD and cloud services. "If that network is not managed and developed appropriately, the consequences can be significant and financially damaging," said Albert Soto, vice president of EMEA at Brocade, in a release. "The role of the CIO in ensuring access to applications and services will become increasingly operationally critical, strategic and central to an organization's growth." Release