Tightly targeted cyber-espionage attacks designed to steal intellectual property are hitting the manufacturing sector and small businesses with ever greater venom, with the latter, highly vulnerable, organisations the target of 31% of such attacks – a threefold increase on 2011.
Meanwhile, targeted attacks overall have seen a massive 42% surge during 2012, compared to the previous year.
These are just some of the worrying statistics revealed by Symantec in its forthcoming ‘Website Security Threat Report’.
Why small businesses? Because they are seen as the path of least resistance. Cybercriminals are enticed by their bank account information, customer data and intellectual property – and the often inadequate security practices and infrastructure.
However, the wider reality is that no one is safe. “If you think someone is violating your privacy online, you are probably right,” warns the report.