Businesses Concerned About State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks
In the wake of high-profile cyber-attacks directed against U.S. companies, a survey finds half of businesses believe their organization could be a target.Half of businesses say their organization is a potential target for state-sponsored cyber attacks, according to a survey of 205 attendees of the RSA 2013 security conference by information risk and security performance management solutions specialist nCircle. The survey also found just under half (48 percent) of respondents thought China had the most advanced capabilities for state-sponsored cyber-attacks, while a third (33 percent) of respondents said they believe the United States has the most advanced capabilities. "The number of organizations that are potential targets for state-sponsored cyber-attacks is probably much higher than 50 percent, because if attackers can't break into a targeted organization, they will go after partners and suppliers," nCircle chief research officer Tim Keanini said in a statement. "Frankly, I'm surprised that the level of paranoia among information security professionals isn't higher." Keanini also noted that public perception of the country with the most advanced nation-state cyber-attack capabilities has clearly been shaped by recent media coverage, notably the reports that Chinese hackers have been infiltrating or attempting to infiltrate a wide range U.S. companies’ Websites.
"The reality is that nations that are really good at cyber-attacks don't make the news because they don't get caught,” he continued. “China appears to have a large number of cyber 'soldiers' but we don't have any public point of reference yet."