Energy Companies See Email, Hacktivists as Major Cybersecurity ThreatsSource: Rigzone | 19 May 2014
A recent study found that 61% of energy firms view email as the biggest threat vector for cyberattacks via malware and that hacktivists are seen as posing the biggest threat to energy companies.
The study by ThreatTrack Security examined the vulnerabilities of energy and financial service firms—the industries that are most frequently targeted by cybercriminals. Both industries are under constant pressure from attackers due to the high-value assets they own, which represents a significant risk for the US economy and critical physical infrastructure, ThreatTrack said in a press release.
“There are a wide range of threat actors and attack vectors targeting these two industries, and ThreatTrack Security’s report investigates the challenges in these organizations face in defending themselves, and what they plan to do to increase security,” said ThreatTrack.
According to the study, 72% of respondents from both industries are confident their company will be targeted by an advanced persistent threat, targeted malware attack, or other sophisticated cybercrime or cyber-espionage tactics in the next 12 months. Of these respondents, 38% of the survey respondents said an attack was a certainty or highly unlikely.