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Over 27% of IT managers look at IoT as the top security threat..

The cyberattacks on IT network have gone up in the last few years. There is an increased awareness regarding cybersecurity among the IT managers.

According to recent survey, 27% of the IT managers in India consider that Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest security threat, while 21% feel that the internal staff possesses the security risk. The attacks on the supply chain have considerably gone up in the last few years. The MacAfee’s May 2019 report highlights that 40% of data breaches faced by enterprises in 2018 were by contractors and third party suppliers.

The recent global survey named Impossible Puzzle of Cybersecurity talks about 3,100 IT decisions makers from mid-sized businesses from US, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, the UK, India, and South Africa. The IT managers are forced to prioritise the cybersecurity.

Sunil Sharma, MD (Sales) of Sophos India said, “While it is true that nation-states may have created the blueprints for these attacks, once these techniques are publicised, other cybercriminals often adopt them for their ingenuity and high success rate.”

Supply chain attacks are effective way for cybercriminals to carry out automated, active attacks. Cybersecurity researchers have raised caution that increasing attacks will force enterprises to switch to automated solutions that focus on eliminating gaps and identifying unseen threats.

As far as mode of attacks are concerned, 33% of attacks were carried out through phishing emails. Globally, the two thirds of attacks are carried out through email and web. Software vulnerabilities account for 23% of attacks while external devices like USB drives are only 14% of all accounts.

From 3,100 respondents, most businesses had workforce of 100 to 5,000 in 12 countries. Around 300 respondents were Indian companies. 500 firms are from IT and telecom sector, which usually observes large number of phishing attacks.

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