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The growing threat from state-sponsored cyberattacks

We’re losing the battle against state-sponsored cyberattacks and things are not going to improve any time soon, according to a new survey from Lieberman Software Corporation.

The survey of nearly 200 senior IT security professionals at Black Hat USA 2013 in Las Vegas revealed that:

  • More than 74 percent of respondents are not confident that their network has never been breached by a foreign state sponsored attack or an advanced persistent threat.
  • Nearly 58 percent of those surveyed think that the US is losing the battle against state-sponsored attacks.
  • Nearly 63 percent of respondents think a state-sponsored attacker will attempt to breach their organization in the next six months.
  • 52 percent of respondents are not confident that their IT staff could detect the presence of an attacker who attempts to breach their network or extract private data.
  • An overwhelming 96 percent of respondents think the hacking landscape is only going to get worse.

The way that the state state-sponsored cyberattack threat is likely to develop was demonstrated recently when North Korea announced it has built an army of 3000 cyber trolls to attack South Korean websites.

As state-sponsored cyberattacks increasingly become a serious problem, many nations are building defensive, as well as offensive, techniques to deter attackers.

Philip Lieberman, president and CEO of Lieberman Software, said: “The threat of state-sponsored attacks is extremely serious for government and commercial entities. The probing of IT infrastructures in both environments is occurring 24/7, with attacks being launched on a regular basis.”

“The majority of organizations are prepared for amateur hackers and low-level criminals, but are completely ill-equipped to deal with today’s advanced nation-state foes. The most dangerous threats are highly personalized attacks designed for one-time use against specific individuals. Many state-sponsored attackers can now create perfect email attacks that insert remote control software onto corporate networks. Most corporations and government agencies would benefit from better security training, documented security processes, and enterprise-level products that can manage and secure powerful privileged accounts that grant access to critical IT assets,” continued Lieberman.

For more information on the survey results see www.liebsoft.com/state_sponsored_attacks_research

•Date: 4th September 2013 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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