April 24, 2012- Last week, the Formula 1 racing site was attacked in Bahrain by Anonymous. The site was none-usable for the majority of last Friday. Anonymous attacked the site to protest the race, amidst political turmoil in the country.
That worries a number of IT security experts. Nearly 66% of the worldwide IT security professionals fear their company will be cyber attacked within the next 180 days. Sixty percent said they feel Anonymous and other so-called hacktivist groups are the most likely groups to attack their businesses.
Following Anonymous and other hacktivists groups, security experts fear Cyber criminals and countries such as Russia and China as the next most likely to attack their websites. Just 28% of the security professionals feel that disgruntled employees would target the companies they work or worked for.
The results from the recent survey show that on the surface experts fear highly publicized, embarrassing attacks from the likes of Anonymous or another hacktivist group, but they also recognized the true threat from nation states and criminal organizations.
Other findings in the survey included 75% of the security experts think endpoint security on desktops and laptops is not protecting their intellectual property and business enough from possible cyber attacks. Over 95% said they feel that the public and customers should be told of a cyber security breach.