Enterprises Must Prepare for Nation State Attacks

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2015-12-11 Email

Today's cyber-security environment is rapidly going from bad to worse. Not only must organizations combat a steady stream of hacks and attacks from the outside while coping with insiders who intentionally or inadvertently put systems and data at risk, they also must confront another growing problem: nation state attacks. A new Ponemon Institute report sponsored by CounterTack, "The Rise of Nation State Attacks," provides a perspective on the challenges and risks. The report found that organizations show a general lack of readiness to deal with these attacks due to uncertainty about what a nation state attack is and how to identify the key characteristics. Yet, the problem doesn't stop there. "Without such understanding, a strategy to address the increasing likelihood of a nation state attack on an enterprise organization or a federal government agency will be difficult to achieve," it warned. "Worse, the risk of an attack going undetected and critical organizational data exfiltrated becomes exponentially higher." To produce the report, the Ponemon Institute surveyed 639 U.S. IT and IT security practitioners.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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