Nearly 4,000 IT managers across 27 countries took part in a recent survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab, that has not only found that targeted attacks on the rise year-over-year, but also identified the business sectors most likely to be targeted Globally,
A recent survey by Security firm Kaspersky Labs revealed that the rate of targeted attacks reported within the Government and Defense sector was the highest – 18%, a significant high figure over the global average of 12%, a figure reported across all business sectors.
The data across all business sectors shows that targeted attacks can be found in all business segments, and at a higher-than-average rate, including the Telecommunications industry where 17% of businesses reported such attacks, and the financial services and transportation and logistics sectors, both reporting a 16% rate of targeted attacks.
The survey responses also shows that the overall number of targeted attacks is increasing. The 12% figure in 2013 has risen from the 9% global average reported a year before.
“Perhaps unsurprisingly, 94% of companies reportedly encountered at least one externally-sourced data security incident within the past 12 months, including phishing attacks, DDoS attacks, and theft of mobile devices. In 28% of these instances, business reported the loss of sensitive business data”, the Kaspersky report stated.
A “targeted attack” typically consists of several malicious components that operate in tandem to bypass an organization’s security measures, infect machines, and steal sensitive data.