Two-thirds of organisations are potential targets for nation-state cyber-attacks

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of organisations are potential targets for nation-state cyber-attacks, according to recent research.

The survey, carried out by Tripwire, found that 86 percent of the respondents have seen an increase in targeted attacks directed at their networks over the last year. The survey of 215 attendees at the Black Hat USA 2015 security conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, found that despite the noticeable increase in attacks, less than half of the respondents (47 percent) said confidence in their organisations' ability to detect and respond to a cyber-attack rose in the last 12 months.

The research found that nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents said targeted attacks against their networks have increased over the last year by 20 percent or more. More than half (53 percent) of respondents said they do not have the visibility necessary for accurate tracking of all the threats targeting their networks.

Forty-one percent of respondents said they have seen a significant increase in the number of successful cyber-attacks in the last 12 months.

Tim Erlin, director of IT security and risk strategy for Tripwire, said that organisations know they are being actively targeted and that their current capabilities aren't enough to consistently detect and defend against these attacks.

“While new defensive technologies are constantly being developed organisations are hard pressed to deploy these new tools effectively. In many cases, these organisations would do well to evaluate their investment in foundational security controls. Although these controls are not new, they are the backbone of effective breach detection and response,” he added.

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