Targeted APT attacks experienced by one in five security professionals

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Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) could be more of a mainstream security problem than previously thought after a survey of high-level security professionals found that an alarming one in five worked for a firm that had experienced such an attack.

The poll of 1,500 of its members by respected global qualifications body ISACA also discovered that two out of three thought it was only a matter of time before such a highly-targeted attack occurred in their organisations.

Comfortingly, six out of ten believed their organisations would be able to cope with an APT if it happened with more than half claiming they had an incident management plan already in place. Eighty percent of those who thought themselves likely victims said they were "very prepared." Can surveys be believed, even ones that pick on a meaningful cross-section of the very professionals whose job it is to defend against them?

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