51% of Survey Respondents Hacked- Means What?

A survey by  Pentera in a Hacker News Story says 51% of respondents said they were hacked.

What does a statistic like that mean to you? Are you tired of seeing stats like that? Since you have not  been hacked yet, does it matter to you?

Volkswagen breach is discussed in Cybernews story(went on for 2 years).

And also Technewsworld  story that ransomware gangs attack backups.

The most interesting item to note in my eyes are the comments of Christopher Wray (Head of the FBI) as in Dark Reading story:

“The [People’s Republic of China] has made it clear that it considers every sector that makes our society run as fair game in its bid to dominate on the world stage,” Wray said. “Its plan is to land low blows against civilian infrastructure to try to induce panic and break America’s will to resist.”

This also means that the attacks will come into many different places and out of many places. Another item…  “There are 50 cyber personnel in China to 1 in the FBI.” 50 to 1 are not good odds to for us in the civilian space, which depend on the FBI to defend us against nation-states.

Thus let us put everything together now:

A. 51% of all entities have been hacked

B. When there is a successful attack, the attackers will be in the network for a long time (years even)

C. Ransomware gangs are attacking the backups to increase the chance of a payout

D. China is burrowing itself in our computer networks to use them for attacks at a time of their choosing.

What does it mean all together A, B, C, and D?  It means it is only a matter of time before one is attacked successfully, there are many attackers and the environment is very tough. It is not wise to assume “we will not be attacked” in this environment. Or “I do not have anything that an attacker wants”. In fact all the computers are fair game in the eyes of a cyber attacker.

To me the statistic and other items (A,B,C, and D) means it is just a matter of time before all places get hacked.

It is nigh time to improve your cyberdefence…  Starting to develop a better understanding of cybersecurity can be done with my book “Too Late You’re Hacked” – and the Guidebook of the book.  These links send you to my publisher (Publishing Concepts llc).

Get one of my books, either the main book or the Guidebook.