Study: Companies remain vulnerable as ever to hackers

August 13, 2012

Hiawatha Bray

Despite well-publicized data­ thefts in recent years, major US companies are as vulnerable as ever to hacker attacks, and many executives say their businesses lack the resources to protect themselves, according to a report from the Waltham-based computer security company CounterTack Inc.

CounterTack commissioned a survey of 100 information security executives at companies with revenues greater than $100 million and found that half had dealt with computer network attacks during the previous 12 months.

A third of those executives doubted their organizations could fend off future attacks, and 84 percent said their companies were vulnerable to “advanced persistent attacks” — highly aggressive assaults launched by major criminal organizations and foreign governments, such as the 2011 attack­ on the Bedford data security company RSA Security.

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