According to research commissioned by security vendor Bit9 + Carbon Black, nearly half (49%) of the organisations questioned admitted they simply didn't know if their businesses had been compromised or not. This uncertainty regarding cyber-attack detection ability comes in stark contrast to the 32% who confirmed they had been attacked during the previous 12 months and the 64% expecting to be targeted in the next 12 months.
Looking a little closer at the data, when it comes to who might be attacking them, hacktivists on 86% bizarrely came top of the list ahead of cyber-criminals with 77% and disgruntled employees on 61%. If those stats were a little odd, to say the least (hacktivists are the biggest threat to your business, really?) then the ones regarding XP were even more worrying.
Apparently some 74% of the 250 organisations queried were still running machines on Windows XP despite it having reached end-of-life status and the security implications that brings with it. In fact, only 29% of those still running XP had any plans to replace the OS.
One cannot help but wonder if the XP figures are in any way connected to the number of organisations running point-of-sale systems of which less than half were confident they could stop advanced threats or targeted attacks?