‘Understand How Attackers Break Through’

Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 03:08 PM gHale

Phishing attacks remain a strong approach and almost 70 percent of IT professionals have to wrangle with them at least once a week, with customer and financial data the main targets, a new survey said.

The survey also found seven out of 10 attacks originating from inside the network come from a malware infected machine.

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“Organizations are increasingly challenged to protect their networks from advanced targeted attacks, in fact, it is likely that most environments have already been breached with systems infected by malware,” said Frank Mong, vice president, Solutions, Enterprise Security Products at HP. “It’s important that IT professionals understand how attackers are trying to break through the network, and have confidence in their ability to mitigate attacks when every second matters”.

The HP TippingPoint survey of more than 200 U.S. IT professionals also showed 60 percent of attacks come from malicious communication with the command and control server and more than half exploit software vulnerabilities.

Other key findings show the most common country of origin for external attacks is China followed by Russia and the U.S. There are major concerns surrounding how employees use data. Some 85 percent of survey respondents had concerns about illicit file sharing and use of non-work-related applications, while 63 percent fret over employees visiting inappropriate websites on work systems. Seven out of 10 remain concerned about abuse from the use of social media on corporate networks.

When asked about the type of data at risk, 67 percent of respondents listed customer data as the most likely to fall victim to an attack, followed by financial information (63 percent). Other data likely to be a target of a network breach includes corporate intellectual property (59 percent) and employee data (49 percent).

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