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Viruses and malware are no longer the top concerns of today’s IT experts. This 2017, spies are the first priorities — that is, cyber spies.

A recent study from Trend Micro revealed that 20% of IT leaders believe cyber espionage is this year’s top threat. Querying more than 2,400 of the industry’s decision makers, the study also reported that 17% pointed to targeted attacks as the second threat, followed by phishing.

The previous year saw phishing as the biggest threat, but in 2017, it’s a different story.

For this reason, more businesses seek firmer security measures, hiring licensed experts armed with a series of credentials, which is why IT professionals continually hone their skills through exam simulators and other resources — to gain better knowledge against harmful threats.

The Threat of Espionage

Corporate and national state espionage has had a long history. Due to advancements in technology, the scale and ease of such attacks remain unprecedented.

Cyber espionage is a big possibility for businesses that host data of interest, and also hold a gold mine of intellectual property (e.g., biotech, military contractors, and pharmaceutical industries).  If the hacker has enough determination to “scale” the perimeters, they can get inside the network.

Typical cyberespionage operations involve use of highly sophisticated techniques that exploit the business’ wealth of information. Their main purpose is to infiltrate the target, and infect systems to steal valuable data.

This means attackers now have the power to compromise government or corporate systems on a larger scale.

The Pursuit of Online Defense

As long as money is part of the talk, there will always be constant activity in industries and in the government. Hacking is imminent when others seek the unfair advantage.

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For a better defense, the researchers recommend prioritizing valuable and sensitive data, as well as taking every precaution to keep information safe. If an organization is a high target for espionage, additional measures and security monitoring are necessary.

Firms can also fight cyberespionage by building in-depth profiles on potential adversaries, giving them an idea on potential attackers.

Cybersecurity has no silver bullet; the threats constantly evolve. This should encourage businesses to step up their game in terms of defense for the sake of protecting valuable information.