IT Managers Struggling to Keep Up With Cyber-Threats: Security Experts
NEWS ANALYSIS: Security experts say building in-depth cyber-defenses is the best way to resist the increasingly sophisticated attacks on enterprise networks.DALLAS—Sometimes unanimity is refreshing, but not when panel after panel at the Metro Ethernet Foundation's GEN15 conference here delivers the same depressing news. Despite all the work that's been done to improve enterprise and network security, the picture is far worse today than at any time in the past. Timothy Wallach, supervisory special agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigations Seattle field office cyber task force, said that the level of criminal activity attacking enterprises in the U.S. has reached an all-time high. Wallach also said that despite the worries about insider attacks, "those are only a small percentage of the attacks we see." He said that the vast majority of attacks on businesses are criminal activity seeking to steal information from companies that can be used by competitors or that can be sold on the dark Web. While criminal actors are the single biggest source of threats, there are plenty of others, Wallach said, including political activists who want to disrupt businesses for some political gain or to make a point.
He also listed nation-state actors who will attack an enterprise, frequently as a means of gaining access to some other company with which they do business. "No one is immune from these attacks," he said.