Bit9 Cyber Security Research Report 2012
The most devastating attacks by nations states and criminal enterprises is what cybersecurity IT professionals express are least concerned with, while fear for hacker groups runs rampant, and is most likely inflated by the media hype (view the infographic from the same research).
The types of attacks respondents of the survey were most concerned with, malware and spearphishing, are the types of attack you would see with a nation state or a targeted criminal enterprise, not a hacker or hacktivist group.
What is considered the most effective solution for security, critical information systems, is actually the solution that is targeted by advanced attackers with increasing success.
(video by Bit9Inc)
Note: I am not surprised. This is the story of the “known” and the “unknown”. Attacks by nation states, and even criminal enterprises are boxed in the “known” as these are after the “known” thing, money and power, while independent hackers are feared for their freethinking focus and creativity and hacktivists for being focused on freedom of expression, direct democracy, a more fair economical system, human rights, indigenous rights, animal rights, you name it, and their creativity.
Both hackers and hacktivists are aliens from outer space and we can expect just about anything from those! Now we know!
Most of all, these aliens don’t seem to take themselves and us not very serious, and this is serious business! They have a sense of humour! GHA! GARGL! Most threatening!