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Government sector now number one target for cyber attacks

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Cyberattacks against the government sector increased by a 100 per cent in 2016, rising up to 14 per cent, according to a new report by Dimension Data. The financial sector has also seen a dramatic increase in the number of attacks, from three per cent in 2015, to 14 per cent in 2016. 

The manufacturing sector is now on third place with 13 per cent of all attacks while retail, which used to be the number one target, fell to fourth place with 11 per cent. Poor retail. 

This data was published in Dimension Data’s Executive’s Guide to the NTT Security 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report. The report itself was created on data gathered by NTT Security and Dimension Data, pulling in information from 10,000 of its clients across five continents. It is based on 3.5 trillion security logs and 6.2 billion attempted attacks in 100 countries.

There have been a couple of events that might have led to the government sector taking the crown, including the US presidential elections, a new US administration with a more aggressive stance towards China and North Korea, a more aggressive China when it comes to securing its vital ‘core interests’, US and Europe’s sanctions towards Russia, to name a few.

“Governments all over the world are constantly under the threat of sophisticated attacks launched by rival nation-states, terrorist groups, hacktivists and cybercriminals,” said Matthew Gyde, Dimension Data’s Group Executive – Security. 

“That’s because government agencies hold vast amounts of sensitive information – from personnel records, budgetary data and sensitive communications to intelligence findings. What’s interesting is that this year we saw numerous incidents involving insider threats.”

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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.