Symantec 2010 Critical Infrastructure Protection Study

A country’s critical information infrastructure is characterized as businesses and industries whose importance are such that if their cyber networks were successfully breached and disabled, it could result in a threat to national security. In some countries, upwards of Eighty-five percent of the nation’s critical infrastructure is owned by private corporations – many of which are small businesses. Symantec commissioned a study about critical infrastructure protection this summer. The goal was to find out how aware critical infrastructure companies were of government efforts in this area and how engaged and enthusiastic private enterprise was about working with government. Symantec conducted survey in August 2010 that included 1,580 enterprises in 15 countries worldwide, with companies ranging from 10 employees to more than 10,000. The median company had between 1,000 and 2,499 employees. We focused on six key critical infrastructure segments: Energy,Banking & Finance, Communications, IT, Healthcare, and Emergency services.

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