UK businesses need to face the reality of Persistent Threat attacks and re-evaluate their approach to cyber security, according to Symantec's European chief technology officer, Greg Day.
Day claimed that over the last few years Symantec has detected a marked boom in the number of Persistent Threats currently targeting businesses, during an interview with V3.
"We've seen the threat landscape change in its nature in recent years. Cyber Crime will never go away but we're seeing a more targeted type of threat emerge," said Day.
"We're seeing increasing amounts of Persistent Threats targeting companies. We've seen the number of these attacks go from a small few to hundreds. This means the threat's changing from cyber pickpocketing to full on bank robbery."
Day highlighted that the threats the firm is seeing have evolved to target specific employees and firms connected to their main target.
"They use persistent and unique tailored ways to get to them, they just keep prodding and prodding and prodding until they get in. It's like getting a thousand knocks on your door every day," said Day.
Day said this was increasingly being done by taking advantage of employees use of mobile devices and social networks for work purposes, to glean information that can be used to engineer an attack.
"One of the big challenges is identity management. People today exchange information on a variety of devices and social media outlets," said Day.
"There's a convergence between our work and private lives and we need to find a way to manage it."
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