Cyberattacks against US rising unchecked: study

Oct 08, 2012
The number of cyberattacks targeting US organizations has doubled over the past three years, leading to hefty losses, a study released Monday showed.

The number of cyberattacks targeting US organizations has doubled over the past three years, leading to hefty losses, a study released Monday showed.

The study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Hewlett-Packard said most of the attacks involve , , stolen or hijacked devices, or "malevolent insiders."

"The occurrence of cyberattacks has more than doubled over a three-year period, while the has increased by nearly 40 percent," the report said.

The 2012 study showed organizations experiencing an average of 102 successful attacks per week, compared to 72 attacks per week in 2011 and 50 attacks per week in 2010.

Among the organizations surveyed which were hit by successful cyberattacks, the average losses was $8.9 million, up six percent from 2011 and 38 percent increase over 2010.

"Organizations are spending increasing amounts of time, money and energy responding to cyberattacks at levels that will soon become unsustainable," said HP's Michael Callahan.

Information theft accounts for 44 percent of losses, while lost productivity accounted for 30 percent.

The average time to resolve a is 24 days, but it can take up to 50 days, according to the new study.

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VendicarD
not rated yet Oct 08, 2012
HP is a services company that is in the business of computer security.

Can you trust the analysis of a corporation that has financial motivation to overstate the damage it is being caused by the lack of use of it's services?

HP hopes that Americans are suckers.
kochevnik
1 / 5 (1) Oct 08, 2012
Start using stronger passwords and stop using micro$haft backdoor software, bitches. And when your porntube asks to install software, try saying no for a change.
rwinners
not rated yet Oct 08, 2012
Fear. Selling Fear. I'd love to see some actual verifiable statistics.
JoeBlue
3 / 5 (2) Oct 08, 2012
Despite the arguments above me, maybe if the US Federal Government and the Corporations within the regional USA would stop pissing everyone in the world off, they would not be subject to attack.