(CNN) Last week, groups of congressional staffers gathered in conference rooms in the nation’s capital. They were coming to hear from a representative from Symantec about the current threat landscape in cyberspace.

It’s an annual event for the security software giant, one in which staffers are briefed on current and emerging threats. They, in turn, brief lawmakers who are looking for ways to “catch up” in the war in cyberspace.

As you might expect in a briefing on cybersecurity, lots of numbers were thrown out: an 81% increase in the number of malware attacks, 5.5 billion attacks blocked worldwide and some 403 million unique pieces of malware (many of them have variations of the same attack that are auto-generated) aimed at computer users around the world.

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