The data gathered in this report includes information from the Americas, all of which reported a significant increase in the level of incidents to their computer systems within the past year. The increase in criminal activity is of no surprise, as the trend of increasing cyber attacks in Latin America was documented in our 2013 report of Cybersecurity Trends and Government Responses in the region.
Moreover, the TrendLabsSM 2014 Annual Security Roundup reports that numerous organizations worldwide, including banks and public utilities lost millions of customer records and credentials to attackers in 2014.
The critical infrastructure sector has emerged as an especially vulnerable attack vector, due to aging facilities and the prevalence of “bolt-on half measures and Band-Aids,” in lieu of comprehensive security systems.
The report provides readers with a greater understanding of the kinds of attacks experienced by this sector in the Americas and brings attention to the need for increased collaboration between critical infrastructure organizations and governments. As we witnessed in 2014, the United States government has recognized the vulnerabilities in this sector and the possible grave consequences of not properly securing industries on a national scale, such as electrical grids, water and fuel supplies, and telecommunications.
This report is intended to shed light on cybercrime activity and trends that take place in the Americas within the critical infrastructure sector. It also aims to provide insight on how fostering collaboration between these industries and their governments can strengthen their ability to combat cyber attacks.
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