HP recently announced the findings of a new study – Nation States, Cyberconflict, and the Web of Profit – showing that nation state cyberattacks are becoming more frequent, varied, and open, moving us closer to a point of “advanced cyberconflict” than at any time since the inception of the internet.

The research – which was conducted by Dr. Mike McGuire, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey, and sponsored by HP – highlights there has been a 100% rise in “significant” nation state incidents between 2017-2020. Analysis of over 200 cybersecurity incidents associated with nation state activity since 2009 also shows the enterprise is now the most common target (35%), followed by cyberdefence (25%), media and communications (14%), government bodies and regulators (12%), and critical infrastructure (10%).

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