In a survey of nearly 4,000 IT managers across 27 countries, Kaspersky Lab has not only found that targeted attacks on the rise year-over-year, but also identified the business sectors most likely to be targeted. Globally, 18% of organizations in the Government & Defense sector reported at least one targeted attack within the past 12 months. The rate of targeted attacks reported within the Government & Defense sector was the highest rate reported in this year’s survey, a notable increase from the global average of 12% reported across all business sectors.
When looking at data across all business sectors, it’s also clear that targeted attacks are not limited to the Government & Defense industry. Other business segments have felt the brunt of targeted attacks at a higher-than-average rate, including the Telecommunications industry where 17% of businesses reported targeted attacks, and the Financial Services and Transportation & Logistics sectors, both of which reported targeted attacks within the last 12 months at a rate of 16%.