(The Hosting News) – Working with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, McAfee has released a new report showing that security compromising cyber-attacks such as extortion and malware attempts have increased for critical infrastructure companies.
To achieve its results, the report relied on surveying two-hundred information technology executives and more than a thousand workers in the IT field. The polling conducted in the last quarter of 2010 found that nearly seventy percent of the companies faced the threat of security exploiting mail-ware on a regular basis.
The report also showed that nearly sixty percent of the companies had launched security audits in response to facing such attacks.
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the anti-virus firm said too many companies have the mentality that, “it won’t happen to us, and if it does, we’ll just pay for it then”.
Most of the attacks focus on disrupting critical infrastructure. Most recently, the rise in a form of malware called Stuxnet has directly affected companies’ supervisory control and data acquisition programming, all through a critical exploit in Microsoft Windows.
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, there’s also been a rise in the risk that electric smart grids face as well. The office, along with independent security consultants, have encouraged implementing stronger security measures. McAfee’s report also showed that nearly a quarter of companies that have implemented smart technologies have failed to set up security protection for the grids.
The report concluded that the overall increase was due to companies always seeking to rapidly implement new updates and technologies, all while failing to integrate adequate security protection.