North American Developers View Cyber-Warfare as Top Threat
A recent Evans Data survey showed that North American developers consider nation-state-sponsored cyber-warfare as the primary threat to security.North American developers view cyber-warfare from nation-states as the number one threat to computer security, according to a recent Evans Data survey. The Evans Data Global Development Survey showed that while North American developers view cyber-intrusions from nation-states as the primary threat to computer security, developers in other geographical regions have different perceptions. The survey results come amid U.S. government claims that Russian hackers have been involved in attempts to influence the presidential election and undermine the U.S. democratic process. However, the survey, conducted in six languages across four continents, showed that developers in both the emerging Latin American and Asia-Pacific regions view the largest threat as "intellectual property thieves and corporate spies," while those in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region cited "cyber-crime syndicates" as the biggest threat they have to worry about. "It's interesting to find that developers in other parts of the globe don't have the same conception of cyber-warfare as a threat as we do here," Janel Garvin CEO of Evans Data, said in a statement. "This may be due to recent news coverage on speculation about cyber-warfare in the United States, which tends to bring this issue to the forefront, or it may be that the U.S. really is more of a target from other nation-states."
The Evans Data survey also showed that 27 percent of respondents cited public clouds as being most vulnerable to compromise, while 25 percent said they considered mobile clients as most vulnerable. In addition, the survey showed that developers listed mobile malware and viruses as the leading security concern on mobile devices.