IT Security a Major Concern for Businesses
To combat state-sponsored attacks, 90 percent of respondents to a recent survey had made efforts to protect themselves.More than 74 percent of IT security professionals are not confident that their network has never been breached by a foreign state-sponsored attack or an advanced persistent threat, according to a Lieberman Software survey of nearly 200 IT security pros at the Black Hat USA 2013 convention in Las Vegas. More than half (52 percent) said they are not confident that their IT staff could detect the presence of an attacker who attempts to breach their network or extract private data–even though the vast majority of respondents work in organizations that have taken at least some additional security precautions. “What was also striking was that more than a third felt that their current IT infrastructure was insufficient in the face of a heavy-set attack, yet not all of the respondents were prepared to do something about it,” Lieberman Software president and CEO Philip Lieberman said in a statement. “I wonder if they feel that sitting tight and hoping for the best is efficient and sufficient protection.” In addition, nearly 58 percent of those surveyed thought that the United States is losing the battle against state-sponsored attacks, and nearly 63 percent of respondents said they think a state-sponsored attacker will attempt to breach their organization in the next six months.
“I would have imagined this figure to be higher than 58 percent because the truth is that most organizations will lose the battle if they end up on the target list of a state-sponsored attacker,” Amar Singh, ISACA Security Advisory Group chair, noted in the report.