U.S. Faces Rising Number of Cyber Threats

Though citizens across the United States recently celebrated Independence Day, many who hold IT-related executive jobs believe cyber criminals are attempting to damage the infrastructure that holds the country together on a larger scale. A recent government report revealed that the frequency of cyber threats against government entities is on the rise.

The recently compiled report from the Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team indicated the group received 198 reports of suspected cyber attacks in 2011,

Reuters reported. This number is more than four times the amount of attacks waged in 2010, the source explained.

According to Reuters, the majority of the attempted attacks have been against American energy companies, public water districts and other government-sponsored public facilities. More than 40 percent of the nearly 200 incidents were against the water sector.

The operators are starting to wake up and realize that they need to look at their systems," H.D. Moore, the CSO of security group Rapid7 told Reuters

CNN detailed that the most common tactic in these threats is spear-phishing, or uploading malicious attachments to a system, which then attack the whole network and steal private information. Corporations in the United States should be on guard for this type of attack and can prevent them by running regular checks on anti-virus programs