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04.23.12 - Waltham, Mass. - Concerns over hacktivism and targeted state-sponsored attacks are at the top of security professionals’ minds according to a new survey and research report sponsored by Bit9. The 2012 Cyber Security Survey of nearly 2,000 IT security experts set out to gauge the current state of enterprise security and identify the attack methods and cybercrimal groups that keep IT executives up at night. Complete survey results can be viewed online at http://www.bit9.com/cyber-security-research-2012.
According to Bit9’s survey, 64 percent of respondents believe their organization will be the target of a cyber attack in the next six months. As to the type of attackers that are most likely to target their organization, “Anonymous/ hacktivists” leads the survey at 61 percent, “cyber criminals” follows, and “nation states” rank third, with China ranking as the most likely actor. In addition, the vast majority (74 percent) believe that their endpoint security solutions on their laptops and desktops are not doing enough to protect their companies and intellectual property (IP) from cyber attacks.
“The survey results put a spotlight on an interesting contradiction: on the surface, people are most afraid of embarrassing, highly publicized attacks from hacktivist organizations like Anonymous, but they recognize that the more serious threats come from criminal organizations and nation states,” said Harry Sverdlove, CTO of Bit9. “Bit9’s survey highlights how the quickly changing cybercrimal landscape is impacting IT professionals worldwide and illustrates what strategies organizations are implementing to protect their core data and intellectual property from cyber security threats.”
Highlights from the Bit9 2012 Cyber Security Survey include:
For more information on the Bit9 2012 Cyber Security Survey and to view the full survey results and research report, please visit: http://www.bit9.com/cyber-security-research-2012
To hear Harry Sverdlove discuss the survey and key results visit: http://www.bit9.com/tv/
For additional survey analysis and takeaways, visit Bit9’s blog: http://blog.bit9.com
To view survey infographic please visit: www.bit9.com/cyber-security/graphic.php
Bit9 APT Research Report Survey Methodology
Bit9 conducted an online survey of 1,861 IT and security professionals worldwide. Survey respondents work for companies in a wide range of industries, including: technology, healthcare, and retail, as well as in government agencies. The majority of companies represented in the survey (66 percent) work for organizations with more than 500 employees.
Bit9, the global leader in Advanced Threat Protection and Endpoint Security, protects the world’s intellectual property (IP) by providing innovative, trust-based security solutions to detect and prevent sophisticated malware and cyber threats. The world’s leading brands rely on Bit9’s award-winning Advanced Threat Protection Platform for endpoint protection and windows server security.
Bit9 stops advanced persistent threats by combining real-time sensors, cloud-based software reputation services, continuous monitoring and trust-based application control and whitelisting—eliminating the risk from malicious, illegal and unauthorized software. Bit9 also offers windows domain controller solutions to protect against modern cyber threats.
The company’s global customers come from a wide variety of industries, including e-commerce, financial services, government, healthcare, retail, technology and utilities. Bit9 was founded on a prestigious United States federal research grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology – Advanced Technology Program (NIST ATP) to conduct the research that is now at the core of the company’s solutions.
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