Another finding has emerged from the Global IT Security Risks survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab in partnership with global research agency B2B International. 9% of companies admit to at least one IT security issue involving a targeted attack. But perhaps the most alarming result of the survey is the fact that almost a third of businesses feel that they are being targeted by cyber-criminals.
“9% of companies falling victim to targeted attacks may seem to be a low proportion, but actually – relatively – it’s alarmingly high,” said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder Kaspersky Lab. “It takes time to organise targeted attacks. Cyber-criminals have to tailor them specifically for particular targets. The only reason the percentage is not higher is that most of these attacks are designed to stay discrete – so companies never even notice them.”
Other than the above, the most common threat for businesses is malware infection, which has been experienced by 61% of the businesses surveyed during a period of recent 12 months. The top-five types of cyber-attacks aimed at corporations also include spam, phishing, network intrusion and denial of service.
More than 1,300 IT professionals in 11 countries participated in the global survey.