The majority of firms in the US fear they may one day fall victim to a cyber attack perpetrated by a nation state, according to a new survey.
Security vendor Tripwire polled more than 200 attendees at the Black Hat USA 2015 conference in Las Vegas this month (August 1st to 6th), finding that almost two in three (64 per cent) considered their companies potential targets for state-sponsored cybercrime.
Moreover, 86 per cent of respondents had seen an increase in the number of attacks on their networks over the past year, and fewer than half (47 per cent) were confident of their ability to respond and recover from serious security incidents.
“Organisations know they are being actively targeted and that their current capabilities aren’t enough to consistently detect and defend against these attacks,” said Tim Erlin, Tripwire’s director of IT security and risk strategy.
Perhaps the most famous example to date of supposed state-sponsored cybercrime is the November 2014 hack of Sony Pictures, believed to have been carried out by North Korea, which resulted in massive data loss for the Hollywood studio.
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