By Christos Venetis, Senior Scholar, Program on Information Security Strategy Recent published cases of well organized cyber attacks are characterized by very high technology methods-software and of different motives which can be activist, political, anti-authoritarian or terrorist. As hackers continue their rampage against the world’s largest banks, defense contractors and technology companies, executives and government officials are confronting a sobering truth: “The bad guys are winning.” The seemingly unending string of high-profile attacks, most recently against Citigroup Inc. and Sony Corp., have shown that nearly every organization is vulnerable to a growing contingent of well-trained and agile attackers who are finding security holes faster than they can be plugged. “It’s gotten very dangerous out there,” said Stan Stahl, a security consultant and president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Information Systems Security Assn. “There’s an epidemic of this stuff going on right now.” The business of protecting computers and servers from intruders has been growing nearly 10% a year since 2006, but security industry officials say 2011 may be the busiest year yet.
A New Era Of Cyber Attacks
It's gotten very dangerous out there..
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