Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

7/1/2010
01:00 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

More Than 80 Percent of U.S. Enterprises Hit By Advanced Attacks

Ponemon Institute survey shows 71 percent increase in attacks from unknown or stealthy attacks over the past 12 months

Advanced threats are growing and more companies are getting hit by attackers employing techniques that slip past most up-to-date security controls, a new study has found.

The Ponemon Institute's new "Growing Risks of Advanced Threats" report, commissioned by NetWitness, found that 83 percent of U.S. enterprises have been victimized by so-called advanced threats, attacks that use zero-day exploits, social engineering, or other sophisticated methods of getting past security measures. These include targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats, for example.

Among the more than 700 IT and IT security professionals in the survey, 44 percent say they think their organizations are frequently targeted by advanced attacks. And 71 percent say they've witnessed an increase in advanced threats over the past 12 months. "These are attacks that [get through organizations] that have patched all of their systems, have the latest AV and IDS … and despite all of their best efforts," they get hit with these more advanced attacks, says Eddie Schwartz, chief security officer at NetWitness.

Schwartz says he was surprised by the large number of enterprises reporting advanced threat attacks. "There's a critical level of concern with this issue," he says.

Even more disconcerting, he says, was how long it took organizations to realize they had been victimized by these attacks. Around 80 percent say it took a day or more to detect the threat, and 46 percent say it takes 30 days or more. Overall, nearly 60 percent say it takes anywhere from a week to 60 days to discover the presence of an advanced attack. "That's crazy," Schwartz says.

Some 45 percent say they accidentally discovered that they had been attacked.

Half of the respondents in the survey say attackers went after source code, non-financial and financial business information, and 48 percent say they're after customer and employees' personal information. Most don't have much faith in their security technologies: only 32 percent say their technologies are adequate for protecting them from these threats. And 90 percent say exploits or malware have bypassed their IDSes or they aren't sure, and the same for AV systems.

And advanced attacks aren't just a one-time deal. More than 40 percent say their organizations were are targeted frequently.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Discuss" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message.

Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Zero-Factor Authentication: Owning Our Data
Nick Selby, Chief Security Officer at Paxos Trust Company,  2/19/2020
44% of Security Threats Start in the Cloud
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  2/19/2020
Firms Improve Threat Detection but Face Increasingly Disruptive Attacks
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  2/20/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
The concept of application security is well known, but application security testing and remediation processes remain unbalanced. Most organizations are confident in their approach to AppSec, although others seem to have no approach at all. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-9351
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-23
An issue was discovered in SmartClient 12.0. If an unauthenticated attacker makes a POST request to /tools/developerConsoleOperations.jsp or /isomorphic/IDACall with malformed XML data in the _transaction parameter, the server replies with a verbose error showing where the application resides (the a...
CVE-2020-9352
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-23
An issue was discovered in SmartClient 12.0. Unauthenticated exploitation of blind XXE can occur in the downloadWSDL feature by sending a POST request to /tools/developerConsoleOperations.jsp with a valid payload in the _transaction parameter.
CVE-2020-9353
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-23
An issue was discovered in SmartClient 12.0. The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) loadFile provided by the console functionality on the /tools/developerConsoleOperations.jsp (or /isomorphic/IDACall) URL is affected by unauthenticated Local File Inclusion via directory-traversal sequences in the elem XML ...
CVE-2020-9354
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-23
An issue was discovered in SmartClient 12.0. The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) saveFile provided by the console functionality on the /tools/developerConsoleOperations.jsp (or /isomorphic/IDACall) URL allows an unauthenticated attacker to overwrite files via vectors involving an XML comment and /.. pat...
CVE-2020-9355
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-23
danfruehauf NetworkManager-ssh before 1.2.11 allows privilege escalation because extra options are mishandled.