Nation state attacks now firmly on security agenda

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Nation state attacks now firmly on security agenda

Simon Quicke

Nation state attacks are going to become an increasing feature in the security landscape as large enterprises fall firmly in the sites of government-backed hackers.

With the RSA attack last week highlighting the extent to which some of the largest corporates are now in the firing line the security industry is not only having to look at its own defences but making moves to ensure customers are secure.

Added to the RSA server breach, revealed last Friday, there has been another spat between Google and the Chinese government, which the search engine giant has accused of causing problems with its GMail service.

In his open letter to customers last week, RSA executive chairman Art Coviello, warned that advanced persistent threat attacks (APT) were on the rise and were a consideration all enterprise customers had to think aboput.

"APT threats are becoming a significant challenge for all large corporations, and it's a topic I have discussed publicly many times. As appropriate, we will share our experiences from these attacks with our customers, partners and the rest of the security vendor ecosystem and work in concert with these organizations to develop means to better protect all of us from these growing and ever more sophisticated forms of cyber security threat," he wrote.

Rob Rachwald, director of security strategy at Imperva, said that APT attacks were increasing and it wasn't just governments involved.

"It could be an organisation like Al Queda or political groups," he added "These are usually not financially motivated attacks but can be revenge and espionage."

He said that in terms of cost it was cheaper for a state to hire a bunch of hackers and target opponents than use traditional methods of warfare.


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