Security professionals set to combat growing cyber threats

ransomwareNation-state attack is believed to increase in the coming years which will cause direct harm. (Image source: Christiaan Colen/ Flickr) Nation-state cyberattacks are expected to rise in the next 12 months, according to a recent survey by Tripwire, Portland-based software company, during Infosecurity Europe 2018 in London from 5-7 June 2018

Tripwire surveyed about 416 attendees to see what they feel about the attack. About 93 per cent said that the nation-state cyber attacks will increase in the coming days.

The result was not shocking because of the recent high profile attacks which have been attributed to nation states. Similarly, WannaCry ransomware attack was caused by North Korea and Russia is believed to have carried a campaign against routers and network infrastructure.

Former director general of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, said during his talk at Infosecurity Europe, “Five years ago, we were aware of nation-state attacks but we would’ve seen them as something that only a nation-state needs to worry about. Today they’re a problem for everybody, as we’ve seen over the last year.”

About 83 per cent believed that these attacks on critical infrastructure will increase over the years, causing direct harm.

Tim Erlin, vice-president of product management and strategy at Tripwire, said, “Recent threats like Triton/Trisis and Industroyer/CrashOverride have made it clear that cyber attacks can have dangerous physical impacts on critical infrastructure.”

The survey suggested that organisations are taking action against this rising threat. About 69 per cent said that their organisations have increased efforts to defend against these attacks over the past 12 months.

“Knowing who you are up against can be a helpful input for your defence strategy. However, attribution as a rule is tricky, and attackers can put up very sophisticated false flags to make someone else look like the attacker,” added Erlin.

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