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The World's Critical Infrastructure Is at Risk

By Samuel Greengard
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    67% of the firms surveyed have had at least one security breach that led to the loss of confidential information or disruption to operations within the past year.

It's no surprise to business and IT leaders that cyber-security risks have reached alarming levels, but a recent report from Unisys and the Ponemon Institute has unveiled some shocking research about the state of cyber-security in critical infrastructure industries. This situation has serious repercussions for the global economy, as well as for national security. According to the report, "Critical Infrastructure: Security Preparedness and Maturity," nearly 70 percent of the companies surveyed—organizations that are responsible for the world's power, water and other critical functions—acknowledged at least one security breach that led to the loss of confidential information or disruption of operations over the past 12 months. "The findings of the survey are startling, given that these industries form the backbone of the global economy and cannot afford a disruption," noted Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. "While the desire for security protection is apparent among these companies, not nearly enough is actually being done to secure critical infrastructure against attacks." The survey was based on a Web survey of 599 respondents from 13 countries in the oil and gas, utilities, alternative energy and manufacturing industries from April to May 2014.

This article was originally published on 2014-08-04
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