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Alert Logic Cloud Security Report Warns Energy Sector Of Threats

Energy sector is at an elevated risk of brute force and malware/botnet attacks
HOUSTON, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Alert Logic, the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, today released its State of Cloud Security Bulletin on Information Security in the Energy Sector. The bulletin, based on a six-month study period of customer data, examines the rise of cyber attacks targeting the energy sector--an industry thought to be particularly at risk due to the highly confidential and proprietary information they possess, as well as the prevalence of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and contractor access.

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"The energy sector is a big part of the global economy and therefore has extremely high-stakes security risks compared to other industries," said Stephen Coty, director, security research with Alert Logic. "Daily survival of the population and businesses alike depend on the availability of energy resources, making energy companies a prime target for hackers. This Security Bulletin calls out the specific threats to energy companies and provides recommendations for fine tuning existing information security defenses."

The Security Bulletin found that, when compared to Alert Logic's overall customer set, the energy sector is at an elevated risk of brute force and malware/botnet attacks:

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