According to the research by machine identity protection vendor Venafi, almost 60% of security professional respondents also say that power, water, healthcare and transportation are equally vulnerable to a cyberattack that causes physical damage.
Nineteen percent thought that power was most vulnerable, followed by healthcare (12%) and transportation and water (tied at 5%).
“Security professionals are under constant siege from very sophisticated threat actors targeting government, military and private organisations,” said Kevin Bocek, vice president of security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi.
Bocek also noted that, “the sophisticated cyberattacks that are the hallmark of nation state attacks often target digital keys and certificates that serve as machine identities”.
“These critical security assets are often poorly protected and provide attackers with the ability to hide in encrypted traffic, pivot across networks and eavesdrop on sensitive data.
“Any organisation that isn’t protecting machine identities at least as well as they protect usernames and password is at greater risk of becoming a victim of a cyberattack.
And, unfortunately, these risks are unlikely to change in the near term because most organisations are just beginning to understand these risks.”