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Cyber situation

Some 40 per cent of companies worldwide are not able to protect themselves against cyber-threats, according to research by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab in July 2012. The firms say that companies already recognise cyber-threats as one of the most pressing business problems. But are they ready to protect themselves against these threats? According to the survey, in 41 per cent of cases the answer is ‘no’: corporate infrastructure lacks the necessary protection to handle online attacks.

 

 

The situation is said to be no better when the focus shifts to cybercrime-related threats. In particular, 48 per cent of companies are described as not enough protected against the theft of intellectual property, which is commonly carried out online. 51 per cent of IT professionals surveyed are sure that their system protection infrastructure would be powerless in the face of a serious attempt at industrial espionage.

 

Employee awareness is a crucial factor in the battle against modern malware and its potential consequences. However, 31 per cent of the specialists surveyed are not fully aware of today’s Trojans, nor of the means used to conduct targeted attacks on companies. Only 27 per cent of business representatives had heard about the first example of the modern cyber-weapon – Stuxnet. In fact, even fewer knew about the Trojan Duqu designed for the targeted collection of confidential information (13 per cent).


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