The numbers and types of threats companies are faced with today are more varied than ever before, according to new findings from two Neustar studies.
The International Cyber Benchmarks Index and The Changing Face of Cyber Attacks report that the different types of threats emerging today, combined with the sheer volume of attacks, “can paint a discouraging picture”.
A fifth (20%) of those surveyed see system compromises and ransomware as the greatest threat. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) - where millions of infected computers are used to bombard a single site to disrupt its service - is a close second (19%), followed by financial theft (18%) and attacks on intellectual property (17%). Almost half (47%) of security professionals see DDoS as increasingly harmful, up from 38% last year.
Neustar senior vice president Rodney Joffe said: “While naturally distressing, these results should come as no surprise to anyone. Yes, security professionals are becoming more concerned about the level of threat to their organisations, because that same level of threat is continuing to rise at an extreme rate.
“As we have seen over the past year, there are more threats to be aware of, whether in the form of DDoS, malware, application layer attacks or something else entirely, leaving professionals confused about where the next attack is coming from.”
“To successfully prepare for a cyber-attack in today’s landscape is to accept that your organisation will be the next target. If you are online, you are susceptible to an attack. Whether you are most vulnerable or not is entirely up to you.”