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Targeted Assault Costing Companies Huge, Says Kaspersky

One fresh survey jointly by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab conducted over 3,900 IT personnel showed that a single successful targeted assault against an enterprise could cost a huge $2.54m whereas for a small-sized business it could be $84,000, so published mspmentor.net dated October 27, 2014.

The survey named "IT Security Risks Survey" for the current year (2014) reveals that 94% of business firms confronted one-or-more cyber-security hack during twelve months just gone by, while those confronting one-or-more targeted assault during the same period increased 3% over a 2013 survey.

Moreover as per the new study, targeted assaults' frequency by cyber-criminals changes with respect to the kind of business a company runs. Defense and government sector organizations confronted the maximum frequent targeted assaults. This is evident from 18% of those surveyed from such organizations reporting they encountered one-or-more targeted assaults.

Additional findings of the survey show that spam campaigns represented that external threat which was the maximum for organizations followed with PC-viruses, PC-worms, PC-Trojans as well as more malware, accounting for 61%, according to 64% of those surveyed. Another 38% respondents stated that they gave top priority to safeguarding their companies' confidential data from getting exposed, while 39% described targeted assaults as being the top priority for their organizations.

Researchers estimated that losses from a single hack averaged $720,000. A business firm, which encounters a data hack, in the greatest number loses information related to inside operations (43%), with client info (31%) as well as financial info (22%) following next.

Managing Director Chris Doggett for the North America Division of Kaspersky Lab bemoaned that although enterprises appeared as perceiving targeted assaults looming large on them, companies deploying an essentially strong safeguard mechanism counted frighteningly few. ZDNet.com published this, October 27, 2014.

Doggett explained that it was amply lucid from the survey findings how enterprises now perceived targeted assaults as a big threat capable of harming them. Further, given prominent breaches occurring frequently, it was crucial that all sized businesses made safeguard of their information technology structures the greatest priority issue, particularly considering that every successful targeted assault resulted in real damages, he suggested.

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