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The public sector is a cyberattack magnet, manual processes are to blame

New research[PDF] by Tenable and Ponemon shows that a whopping 88% of organizations in the public sector experienced at least one damaging cyberattack over the past two years, while 62% of organizations where targeted at least twice. The top concern for 2 out of 3 (65%) public sector organizations is cyberattacks that target operation technology (OT) infrastructure and Internet-connected devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT). This concern is warranted, as 46% of organizations have been at the receiving end of OT or IoT attacks.

The study also found that 3 in 4 organizations (77%) do not have a full picture of their attack surface, which obviously makes it impossible for them to properly defend against cyberattacks. Furthermore, the majority of organizations (56%) rely on slow, manual processes for dealing with security issues, which makes it difficult to keep up with the high number of new vulnerabilities that are constantly being uncovered.

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