Survey finds fear of cyberthreats remains high

Survey reveals that fear of cyberthreats remains high

SANTA CLARA, CALIF.'A new survey has revealed that cybersecurity continues to be a chief worry among systems officials nationwide.

The survey, which was released yesterday at the Homeland Security Department's National Cyber Security Summit, revealed that most organizations believe they are at risk of a cyberattack.

That includes the government, said Amit Yoran, director of DHS' National Cyber Security Division.

'We need better collaboration between the public and private sectors to safeguard the country,' he said. 'While we are here today to work more closely with the private sector, we also must acknowledge that the government's track record in securing its own systems is unacceptable.'

Pollster Andrew Stavisky conducted the survey for of the Business Software Alliance and the Information Systems Security Association. He queried 1,716 members, mainly systems security chiefs.

The survey found that:

  • 65 percent of respondents consider their organizations at risk of major attacks.

  • 78 percent said their organizations were prepared to defend against major cyberattacks.

  • 16 percent believed that employees had received adequate security training.

'Attacks to date are just in the early stages in terms of sophistication and have not had a serious impact so far,' Yoran said. 'They could quickly exploit critical national weakness if we don't address the situation.'

He made the comparison between security efforts and the early days of air power. Before World War I, few observers gave airplanes much importance in the overall scope of war, Yoran noted. But some farsighted individuals recognized their potential and harnessed aircraft to great effect. He urged the government and private sectors to embrace IT security to ensure there's no electronic September 11.


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