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Russia’s Kaspersky Lab uncovers over 380,000 mass cyber attacks daily

November 07, 2018, 17:55 UTC+3 WUZHEN

Russian antivirus software provider, Kaspersky Lab, detects more than 380,000 far-reaching malicious cyberattacks daily

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WUZHEN /China/, November 7. /TASS/. Russian antivirus software provider, Kaspersky Lab, detects more than 380,000 far-reaching malicious cyberattacks daily, the company’s CEO Eugene Kaspersky said at the 5th World Internet Conference on Wednesday.

He pointed out that there are three categories of cybersecurity threats. The first one includes those that are widespread and do harm accidentally. They account for around 99.9% of all registered cybersecurity threats. The second category is for targeted and highly professional attacks against certain organizations and business, while the third one is about attacks aimed against the industrial sector and infrastructure.

"We collect a large amount of data daily with more than 380,000 mass attacks registered," the company’s CEO said. A total of 120 such attacks per day was registered in 1997 and 14,500 in 2008," according to the Kaspersky Lab presentation.

"We know that online presence is vital for businesses and enterprises to survive. But the Industry 4.0, coupled with the fast proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) things, is also key both in terms of opportunities and great vulnerabilities for the industrial sector and crucial infrastructure," Kaspersky pointed out.

He added that despite a large number of attacks Kaspersky Lab conducts a thorough analysis, particularly using artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which enables it to pinpoint potential threats. As for the targeted and highly professional cyberattacks, conventional security tools are not enough, Kaspersky said, pointing out that it is very difficult to detect the source of the threat in time. Under the circumstances, it is critically important to start shifting from cybersecurity to the concept of cyber-immunity.

"Cyber-immunity is the future of cybersecurity, or its new embodiment. Security and invulnerability should be considered even at the stage of developing the information system architecture, and not as an add-on. We already use this principle to protect IoT products. We will continue to further develop it," the Kaspersky Lab chief vowed.

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