The majority (52 per cent) of organisations expect to fall victim to a successful cyber attack at some point in the next 12 months – an increase of 13 percentage points on 2013.
This is according to the results of CyberEdge Group’s second annual Cyberthreat Defense Report, in which over 800 security professionals worldwide were polled.
It follows a year in which data breaches increased to epidemic proportions, with 71 per cent of respondents reporting that their systems had been compromised in the past 12 months.
2014 also saw headline-grabbing incidents like the Sony Pictures hack, CyberEdge noted, in which a new, politically-motivated variety of cyber attack appeared to emerge.
The incident was noted for its widespread disruption, with the intruders not only leaking sensitive information but also systematically deleting it.
“For the first time in our research, a majority of participants predict their networks will become compromised in 2015,” commented chief executive Steve Piper. “These are indeed dangerous times.”
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