Magazine article Risk Management

Hindsight

Magazine article Risk Management

Hindsight

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INSIDE A HACKER'S MIND

With cybcrsccurity increasingly becoming one of the most important threats to organizations worldwide, IT security provider Thyconc surveyed 117 self-identified "black hat" hackers to gain insight into their motivations, expectations and fears-or lack thereof.

What motivates you?

51% Fun/thrill sccking

29% Social consciousness/moral compass

19% Financial gain

1% Notoriety

Do you believe you will ever get caught?

86% No

14% Yes

Do you believe your own information Is at risk?

88% Yes

12% No

Who are your favorite targets within a company?

40% Contractors

30% IT administrators

16% Non-executive employees

8% Executive administrators

6% Executives

Source: Thycostic Black Hat 2014 Hacker Survey Executive Report

"THERE'S CLEARLY * Il A DISCONNECT BETWEEN EXPRESSED SECURITY CONCERNS AND MEASURES LAW FIRMS EMPLOY TO PROTECT THEIR CLIENTS AND THEMSELVES.

- Christopher T. Anderson, attorney and senior product manager at LexisNexls, after a company survey revealed 77% of law firms rely solely on confidentiality statements in the body of emails to protect privileged client communications, even though more than 80% would consider it consequential to the firm if a third-party gained access to such information. Few firms take advanced measures to protect electronic communication-22% use email encryption, 14% use passwordprotected documents and 13% use secure file-sharing sites, while 4% take no measures at all.

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