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Energy Industry Number One Target by Cyber Criminals, According to New Study

Web security company, ScanSafe reports that, in the past quarter, companies in the Energy industry faced the greatest risk of Web-based malware exposure, at a 196% heightened risk compared to other verticals. The Pharmaceutical and Chemicals industry faced the second highest risk of exposure at 192% followed by the Construction & Engineering industry at 150%. The Media and Publishing industry were also among those at highest risk, with a 129% heightened risk compared to other verticals.

“Given the global impact of the Energy & Oil sector, it is particularly troubling to see that this sensitive sector is at the highest risk of Web-based malware”, notes Mary Landesman, senior security researcher at ScanSafe. “And when one considers the top three most at risk sectors include Energy, Chemicals, and Engineering, one has to question whether these encounters are incidental or whether these particular sectors are under attack.”

To download this report from Scan Safe, click here (PDF).

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