nCircle Survey: IT Security Pros Believe Hacktivist Threats Equal To Organized Cyber Crime Threats

Nearly three-fourths of respondents believe their organization is a target for hacktivists

March 7, 2012

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA—March 6, 2012— nCircle, the leader in information risk and security performance management solutions, today announced the results of a survey of 244 attendees of the 2012 RSA Conference in San Francisco. When asked “Is your company a potential target for hacktivists, organized cyber crime or nation state attacks”, 73% of respondents believe their organization is a target for hacktivists, and 71% identified organized cyber crime as a threat. Only 57% believe nation state attacks are a risk to their organization. “Unlike cyber crime, there is no such thing as a small, private breach for hacktivists unless it is part of a larger attack plan”, said Tim ‘TK’ Keanini, CTO for nCircle. “Hacktivist breaches are designed for media value and public impact, so they are always fully disclosed and the targets are selected for maximum shock value. On the other hand, every business with an Internet connection is a potential target for organized cyber crime. Hacktivists have increased our collective awareness of cyber security to a completely new level -- everyone from IT security pros to my grandmother is worried about security.”

About nCircle

nCircle is the leading provider of information risk and security performance management solutions to more than 6,500 businesses and government agencies worldwide. nCircle solutions enable enterprises of all sizes to (1) automate compliance and reduce risk, and (2) measure and compare the performance of their IT security program with their own goals and industry peers. nCircle solutions may be deployed on a customer’s premises, as a cloud-based service, or in combination, for maximum flexibility and value.

nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction and technology leadership and has been ranked among the top 100 best places to work in the San Francisco Bay Area. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices throughout the United States and in London and Toronto. To learn how you can more effectively protect your company visit us at

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