90 Percent Of Companies Breached At Least Once Last Year

A new survey has revealed that a surprisingly large number of companies have suffered various types of online attacks in the last 12 months.

In research conducted by the Ponemon Research Institute at least 90 percent of the surveyed companies have been a victim of at least one online attack and data breach in the last year, The New York Times reports.

The survey, which is sponsored by the market research firm Juniper Research, was conducted with 581 enterprises across the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Germany.

The results show that around 90 percent of the companies surveyed suffered at least a single web breach in the past year and 59 percent suffered at least two attacks. The companies also agreed that the number of web attacks have increased in the last year. Those attacks have also become more costly and more difficult to prevent.

"Our survey research provides evidence that many organizations are ill-equipped to prevent cyber attacks against networks and enterprise systems. This study suggests conventional network security methods need to improve in order to curtail internal and external threats." said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman of the Ponemon Institute.