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Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (8 July 2014)—An ISACA global study released today shows that one in 5 organizations (21 percent) have experienced an advanced persistent threat (APT) attack, and 66 percent believe it’s only a matter of time before their enterprise is hit by an APT. Yet only 15 percent of enterprises believe they are very prepared for an APT attack. And among the companies that have been attacked, only one in three could determine the source.

ISACA, a global association serving 115,000 IT security, risk, assurance, and governance professionals, conducted a study of 1,220 security professionals to determine how APTs have evolved from 2013. The 2014 APT study is the first research project released as part of ISACA’s new Cybersecurity Nexus.

“APTs are stealthy, relentless, and single-minded, and their primary purpose is to extract information such as valuable research, intellectual property, or government data,” said Tony Hayes, CGEIT, AFCHSE, CHE, FACS, FCPA, FIIA, ISACA’s immediate past international president. “In other words, it is absolutely critical for enterprises to prepare for them, and that preparation requires more than the traditional technical controls.”