March 7, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (UPI) — The number and types of companies targeted for intellectual property theft are rising rapidly and broadening, a U.S. report states.
Mandiant, a threat detection company in Virginia, said the breadth of threats to the corporate world is detailed in its third annual M-Trends report — “M-Trends 2012: An Evolving Threat” — which is based on hundreds of advanced threat investigations and which includes analysis, statistics and case studies.
“In nearly a decade of responding to targeted attacks, one thing is constant — attackers will change their tactics as needed to successfully compromise their targets,” said Mandiant Vice President of Customer Success Grady Summers, one of the report’s principal authors.
“The breadth of companies being targeted is growing and the rate of intellectual property theft is increasing faster than ever.
“Companies who have made responsible and sustained investments in information technology continue to be compromised.”
Among the findings of the report: 6 percent of organizations detect advanced attackers through internal means; a typical advanced attack goes unnoticed for 12 months or more; a record number of intrusions were discovered while a company was being integrated into a new organization; and attackers target multiple companies within a supply chain.