UK education sector amongst most cyber attacked industries


More than two-thirds of all advanced cyber attacks in the UK are targeted at the education, energy, and financial services sectors, says an ‘advanced threat’ report by FireEye.

Most targeted sectors

After education, energy and financial services, the most targeted industry sectors in the UK were revealed to be aerospace and defence, high-tech, telecoms, entertainment and media, local and state government, and manufacturing.

Most targeted countries

Although FireEye’s study showed that the UK remains in the top five most targeted countries in the region, it has dropped from number one in 2014 to fifth place for the first half of 2015.

Where are cyber attacks coming from?

The majority of targeted attacks on UK enterprises that are having the most impact come from sticky fingers, malware associated with advanced persistent threat (APT) groups including Chinese APT groupsAPT18 and APT26.

“What we once knew as the network perimeter no longer exists and to add to that, advanced attacks are not going away,” said FireEye regional president Richard Turner.

“Organisations need to recognise that the traditional ways of protecting themselves are simply inadequate today and that a single successful advanced attack has the potential to wreak operational and economic havoc on both governments and businesses.”

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