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Security priorities vary amongst different sectors

Anuradha Shukla | Sept. 29, 2014
Manufacturing sector’s priorities drastically different from service-based industries.

Security priorities of industrial and production businesses are drastically different from service-based industries, according to a new Kaspersky Lab's survey.

A Kaspersky Lab survey of 3,900 IT professionals worldwide, industrial and production businesses shows that industrial sectors can value or under-value certain types of data differently than other businesses.

The survey identified manufacturing; and utilities & energies sectors to have vastly different priorities for securing their IT networks.

21% of manufacturers reported losing Intellectual Property (IP) in the past 12 months, and this is why they gave IP the highest "importance rating" of all 17 business sectors.

Utilities & energy sector assigned IP the lowest rating of importance and had a below-average response when asked if they were specifically targeted by cyber-attacks.

31% of businesses in the manufacturing sector said they are being specifically targeted by cyber-attacks.

Market intelligence data theft

The manufacturing and the utilities & energy sectors suffered from relatively high rates of market intelligence data theft.

However, the manufacturing sector gave market intelligence/competitive intelligence just average importance. In contrast, utilities & energy ranked it the highest of all business sectors.

These sectors are not concerned about losing customer with manufacturing sector reporting the third-lowest and utilities & energy reporting the lowest rates of stolen customer information across all business sectors.

Both manufacturing and utilities & energy sectors are highly concerned about losing internal operational information.

About half of all companies in both these sectors lost some of this information to a data breach incident within the previous 12 months. 



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