Public sector becomes no.1 target for UK malware attacks

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Public sector organisations are the number one target for malware attacks in the UK, according to a new report from NTT Com Security.

The firm’s 2015 Global Threat Intelligence Report revealed that in the UK market nearly 40 per cent of malware attacks were against public sector organisations.

This was three times more than the next sector, insurance (13 per cent) and nearly fives times more than the media and finance sectors (both 9 per cent).

“The fact that public sector figures are so high compared to other sectors in the UK is due largely to the value of the data that many of these organisations have, which makes them attractive and highly prized targets for malware attacks. While the level of threat may vary from organisation to organisation, they all have information that would be of interest to cyber criminals,” commented Stuart Reed, senior director, Global Product Marketing at NTT Com Security.

“It’s also interesting that we have seen some campaigns specifically targeting business & professional services. It’s possible that companies in this sector may not have the equivalent security resources and skills in-house that many other larger companies do, yet they potentially yield high value for attackers as both an end target and a gateway target to strategic partners.”

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