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The majority of IT security professionals expect a state-sponsored cyber attack in the next six months

According to a survey of nearly 200 senior IT security professionals at the recent Black Hat USA 2013 Conference in Las Vegas, 63 percent of respondents believed that a state-sponsored hacker would attempt to breach their organization in the next six months and in order to try and combat that, 90 percent had made efforts to protect themselves. This included 90 percent giving user training to protect against advanced persistent threats (APTs), while the same number had also added new security appliances and 89 percent had carried out endpoint testing to protect against APTs. Also, 81 percent of respondents’ organizations carry out pen testing to protect against APTs.

The survey from Lieberman Software Corporation also found that 52 percent of respondents were ‘not confident’ that that their IT staff could detect the presence of an attacker who was attempting to breach their network or extract private data and more than a third of respondents (36 percent) did not think that their organizations’ current products and processes could keep up with new and emerging threats.

For more information see http://www.liebsoft.com/state_sponsored_attacks_research/

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

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