US businesses fear cyber attacks

The BSA survey of 600 network security managers found that 60% believe the private sector is at risk of a concerted attack, possibly from terror groups next year.

Only 18% believe the sector can cope with such an attack.

BSA Industry group president Robert Honeyman told Associated Press that the findings were sobering.

‘Many people think of cyber attacks as relatively harmless intrusions, but the reality is that the country’s information networks are intricately linked and run everything from our power grids and emergency communication systems.’

He added this underlines how network security has become a top priority for American politicians addressing national security in the wake of September 11.

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