Increase of Cyber attacks

Cyber attacks are on the increase. Not just because I say so, it is a fact [1,2,3]. Cyber criminals are turning to the virtual world and usually the figures demonstrate their success in doing so.

Some countries are even thinking of having their own operating system, ie India [4], as if that will block cyber attacks. It will slightly reduce the amount of automated attacks but it will only be a matter of time until these are also targeted.

 What we do need is an increase in user awareness and a better understanding of the security issues that we face every day. In the same way that we look left and right before crossing the road, we need to double check and double guess if a file is suspicious or not.

 Certainly an expected increase in salaries[5], in the USA, for IT Security Professionals is a step in the right direction.

Links Used:

[1] – Terrorist cyber attacks are a growing threat to the nation, says GCHQ chief –  –

[2] – Australian military reveals 230% increase in cyber attacks in 2010 –

[3] – Cyber attacks on utilities tipped to soar –,cyber-attacks-on-utilities-tipped-to-soar.aspx

[4] – India Plans Indigenous Operating System to Thwart Cyber Attacks –

[5]- IT Salary Guide Shows Increase in Salaries for IT Security Professionals –

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2 Responses to Increase of Cyber attacks

  1. Beverly says:

    Considering how much we rely on IT in 2012, it is shocking how little provision is made for protecting against security breaches.

  2. I’d have to agree. Whilst we are, on the whole, seeing the general adoption of penetration testing and provision of in-house security teams increasing in larger companies (FTSE100’s for example) due to requirements for various accreditations (Data protection, PCI etc) – SME’s seem to be lagging behind with no obvious driver for such provision.

    Generally we find that the majority of SME’s that approach us is not for assurance that their systems have the security posture required to prevent attacks (and thus avoid business or reputation damage), but instead as a response to having been hacked, when the damage has already been done, and a requirement to find the vulnerability that caused it.

    What we’d like to see is a two-fold change in the security world – a reduction in the price of preventative services (penetration testing, managed security services, security software etc), alongside the introduction of additional drivers that don’t necessarily require SME’s to show due diligence, but give a tangible benefit to showing such diligence.

    James Roberts,
    Managing Consultant – Digital1 Security

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