Globally, 21% of manufacturers suffered a loss of intellectual property (IP) within the past year.
Malware was the most common cause of data loss incidents for manufactures, although other types of cyber-incidents – including software vulnerabilities, theft of mobile devices, network intrusion, etc. – were also cited as sources of IP leakage, according to a news study from Kaspersky Lab.
The survey found that manufacturers ranked “Internal Operational Information” and “Intellectual Property” as the two types of non-financial data they fear losing the most.
Interestingly, manufacturers ranked the fear of losing “Customer/Client Information” the lowest out of all business segments, most likely because manufacturing facilities are less likely to store this information in the first place.
When asked about the cause of their most serious data loss event within the past 12 months, “Malware” was the most common cause, cited by 23% of manufacturers. Manufactures also reported other sources of incidents leading to data loss, including “Software Vulnerabilities” (8%), “Network Intrusion” (8%), “Information Leaked on Mobile Devices” (5%), and “Targeted Attacks” (3%).
This data was obtained through a survey, conducted by Kaspersky Lab in partnership with B2B International, of nearly 4,000 IT managers across 27 countries. Kaspersky Lab has published summaries of key findings organized by topic, including reports on Data Security Risks, Online Financial Fraud, and Virtualization Security.