Cyber Attack and Security Concerns Rise

A national survey has found that the majority of Americans fear that cyber warfare is imminent and that the country will attack or be attacked in the next decade.

Despite the threat, Americans also believe both the government and private sector networks are ill prepared for a surge in cyber conflict.

An overwhelming 93 percent of respondents to the survey, conducted by Tenable Network Security, believe that U.S. corporations and businesses are at least somewhat vulnerable to state-sponsored attacks. And 95 percent believe U.S. government agencies themselves are at least somewhat, to very, vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Some 94 percent of survey respondents also say they support the President having the same level of authority to react to cyber attacks as he has to respond to physical attacks on the country.

One key takeaway: the survey revealed conflicting results about whether the public or private sector should be held accountable for protecting corporate networks.

Some 66 percent of respondents believe corporations should be held responsible for cyber breaches when they occur. But an almost equal number of Americans, 62 percent – say government should be responsible for protecting U.S. businesses from cyber attacks.

The survey results come just days after President Barack Obama issued an executive order on sharing cyber threat information.

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