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Small Scale Enterprises at Greater Risk from Targeted Cyber-attacks

Cyber-attacks, which struck Google as well as over 30 other technical firms, seem to be testing the abilities of security controls through new, innovative methods. Consequently, they cause an increasingly immediate danger to sensitive and confidential information compared to that from a complete cyber war.

The state-sponsored attack groups possessing intense computing resources as well as technical skills have been launching such cyber assaults against militaries and governments since many years now.

Besides, the assaults characteristically depend on advanced techniques of social engineering for exploiting security flaws. Also, most organizations with traditional signature-based devices for malware identification find it hard to detect these elusive assaults.

Paul Wood, a senior intelligence analyst at Symantec Corp's Message Labs Intelligence Unit said that the malicious e-mails are specifically authored to appear as if the sender is known to the recipient and has been interacting with him, as per the news published by ComputerWorld on April 7, 2010.

According to the experts, Company vice-presidents, directors, executive directors and managers, particularly from small-sized organizations are in much risk.

Researcher Sean Arries at an IT infrastructure service provider at Miami and Terremark Worldwide Inc. stated that tackling the threats requires innovative methods of thinking. This is because the attacks frequently exploit zero-day threats that lack counter-defenses, and stopping them with traditional security tools is nearly unfeasible, as per the news published by ComputerWorld on March 24, 2010.

Besides, Steven Chabinsky, deputy assistant director of the cyber-division of FBI too cautioned during the last week of March 2010 regarding the danger from the cyber-attacks in a presentation at the IT trade show of the FOSE government on March 23, 2010, as reported by ComputerWorld on March 24, 2010.

Chabinsky commented on the issue and said that the cyber-attacks could threaten the very existence of United States, alternatively change the potential of the country. But, according to him, the way the nation's people respond to the danger of cyber security will determine if the country's best days are forthcoming or left behind.

Ultimately, the experts recommended that government organizations should assess their risk position, and ask for more sophisticated, advanced security tools from their providers.

Related article: Small Organizations Too Can Be Hackers’ Target

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