WEF: Cyber Attacks are a Top Five Threat, Secure Systems Don’t Exist

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    • #7249
      Don Donzal
      Keymaster

      Posted by Paul Lilly of MaximumPC:

      In case ending the work week on Friday the 13th wasn’t enough of an ominous way to head into the weekend, consider this: for the first ever, the World Economic Forum (WEF) identified cyber attacks on governments and businesses as one of the top five global risks in terms of likelihood. In fact, it’s the first time any kind of technology risk ranked in the top five.

      The likelihood of a cyber attack ranked No. 4 overall, behind severe income disparity (No. 1), chronic fiscal imbalances (No. 2), and rising greenhouse gas emissions (No. 3), and ahead of a water supply crisis (No. 5). What’s more, WEF points out there’s really no such thing as a secure system, and at best there are just ones which haven’t had their vulnerabilities exposed.

      Original story:
      http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/wef_cyber_attacks_are_top_five_threat_secure_systems_dont_exist

      WEF Global Risks 2012 Seventh Edition:
      http://reports.weforum.org/global-risks-2012/#=

      Don

    • #45327
      l33t5h@rk
      Participant

      This is pretty alarming yet can be considered almost a victory in some ways. Technology is finally being recognized.

    • #45328
      Triban
      Participant

      I like that they added the last part about no such thing as a secure system.  I am amazed that non-tech and even some tech folks believe that their systems will be impenetrable if they install the latest piece of secure hardware or newest most updated AV. 

    • #45329
      dynamik
      Participant

      @3xban wrote:

      I like that they added the last part about no such thing as a secure system.  I am amazed that non-tech and even some tech folks believe that their systems will be impenetrable if they install the latest piece of secure hardware or newest most updated AV. 

      In all fairness, they could simply use a Mac 😉

    • #45330
      hayabusa
      Participant

      @dynamik wrote:

      In all fairness, they could simply use a Mac 😉

      Bwahahahahaha!!!   😛

    • #45331
      Triban
      Participant

      Yes until the market shifts and Macs are the dominant platform.  Then we will see similar numbers in attacks.  No to mention Apple hates enterprises.  Oh you want a server?  oh here is a nice new Mac Mini, don’t worry it could handle your enterprise email traffic, seriously it will.  Don’t worry and we will be there to help you when you need it.  But only on the 2nd Tuesday of next week.  :p  believe me I love my MBPi7 but I could not see if being a viable enterprise platform.  What the big companies need to do is get the hell off Windows XP. 

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