By Mike Lennon on May 07, 2014
According to a new study published by ThreatTrack Security, 72% of survey respondents from the energy and financial services industries are confident that their organization will be the target of an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), targeted malware attack or other sophisticated cybercrime or cyber-espionage tactic at some point during the next 12 months.
Specifically, 38% of the 200 respondents said such attacks against their organization is either a "certainty" or "highly likely." Another 35% said it is "somewhat likely."
"Both the energy and financial services sectors are under constant pressure from attackers due to the high-value assets they hold, which represents a significant risk to the U.S. economy and critical physical infrastructure," ThreatTrack Security elaborated.
According to the U.S Department of Homeland Security, the department's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) responded to more than 200 incidents between Oct. 2012 and May 2013. Of those 200 incidents, the highest percentage of incidents reported to the organization occurred in the energy sector (53 percent).
Well 72% of them are pretty well expecting to be targeted but I wonder in 12 months time how many of them will have stepped up security and managed to prevent it.
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Energy sector facing severe malware risk: Cisco
The global energy sector is among the top five most-targeted industries by cyber-criminals, according to the 2014 Cisco Annual Security Report.
Speaking ahead of the GISEC security expo this week, the vendor said that the energy sector faces a malware encounter rate that is 300% higher than the median industry.
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