Half of IT execs expect loss of life in future cyber-attacks: survey

ICT professionals worry critical infrastructure strike could cause human fatalities within three years

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Half of IT execs expect loss of life in future cyber-attacks: survey Diab: It’s time for public and private interests to join together to enhance cyber security.
By  Stephen McBride Published  July 28, 2015

Almost half of technology executives believe a cyber-attack to critical infrastructure resulting in loss of life, could occur within the next three years, Intel Security claimed yesterday, citing a report it had commissioned.

The Aspen Institute study quizzed 625 ICT decision makers in France, Germany, the UK and the US and found that 48% foresaw an attack that could include human fatalities. Some 76% believed a national response was required when dealing with current infrastructure attacks.

"With new breaches announced regularly, the current security reality is that organisations are struggling for answers," said Hamed Diab, MENA regional director, Intel Security. "It's time for public and private interests to join together to enhance cyber security and critical infrastructure protection."

Some 89% of those polled reported having experienced at least one attack on a system within their organisation over the past three years, despite a high level of confidence among respondents of their progress towards tighter security. Fifty-nine per cent reported that at least one attack resulted in physical damage.

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