Information Security Professionals Say Their Organization is a Target for Cyber Attacks

Information Security Professionals Say Their Organization is a Target for Cyber Attacks

nCircle, a provider of information risk and security performance management solutions, today announced the results of a survey from 205 attendees at the RSA Conference 2013 in San Francisco, California.

Survey findings include:

  • 50% of respondents say their organization is a potential target for state-sponsored cyber attacks;
  • 48% of respondents say China has the most advanced capabilities for state-sponsored cyber attacks; and
  • 33% believe the U.S. has the most advanced capabilities.

“The number of organizations that are potential targets for state-sponsored cyber attacks is probably much higher than 50%, because if attackers can’t break into a targeted organization, they will go after partners and suppliers,” said Tim ‘TK’ Keanini, chief research officer for nCircle. “Frankly, I’m surprised that the level of paranoia among information security professionals isn’t higher.”

Keanini also noted that the public perception of the country with the most-advanced, nation-state, cyber attack capabilities has clearly been shaped by recent media coverage. “The reality is that nations that are really good at cyber attacks don't make the news because they don’t get caught. China appears to have a large number of cyber ‘soldiers’ but we don’t have any public point of reference yet.”

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