[ISN] Utilities ignorant of IT security despite pounding by hackers: Ponemon

http://www.cso.com.au/article/551228/utilities_ignorant_it_security_despite_pounding_by_hackers_ponemon/ By David Braue CSO Online (Australia) 30 July, 2014 Security pundits have warned of the imminent hacking threat to critical infrastructure providers, but a new Ponemon Institute survey of infrastructure operators suggests the threat is already here. The survey found 86 per cent of executives reporting they suffered at least one security breach, leading to a loss of confidential information or disruption of their operations, over the past 12 months. The A/NZ figure was considerably higher than the nearly 70 per cent of executives globally reporting an attack, suggesting that this region has fallen behind the world in terms of data protection. Fully 24 per cent of respondents said the security breaches were due to an insider attack, or to negligent privileged IT users. Despite such a high rate of security incidents, only 17 per cent of companies in the Critical Infrastructure: Security Preparedness and Maturity report – which was sponsored by Unisys and included 599 IT and IT security executives at infrastructure companies in 13 countries – had deployed most of their IT security program. […]

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