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Survey: 50% of cyber attacks are state-sponsored

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:37am
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 28, 2013--RSA Booth 1023 — nCircle, the leader in information risk and security performance management solutions, today announced the results of a survey of 205 attendees of RSA® Conference 2013 in San Francisco, California.

Survey findings include:

  • 50% of respondents say their organization a potential target for state-sponsored cyber attacks.
  • 48% of respondents say China has the most advanced capabilities for state-sponsored cyber attacks, while 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 notes that 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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