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The heads of major Russian companies, including state-controlled to believe foreign governments one of the main sources of incidents and information security threats. As writes on Tuesday the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to the conducted by the University “Innopolis” research, foreign government included in the top 5 such threats for 2015.

As told to a representative of the University “Innopolis” Timur Fathullin, the survey polled 100 executives and leading experts of departments of information security of the largest Russian companies and Russian representative offices of international companies, such as Rostelecom, VTB, Russian Railways, Rosneft, LUKOIL, “Tatneft”, “Bashneft”, “Helicopters of Russia”, General Electric, and others.

The main source of threats in the past year in the field of information security 66% of respondents said the current employees of the company. 42% reported incidents involving hackers, 27% said the threat from former employees, 24% complained about the existing contractors and service providers, and 18% saw a threat from foreign governments. Another 8% said the danger from foreign companies.

60% of respondents noted that the level of information security in their companies is insufficient. 3% of respondents reported that their companies over the past year occurred from 100 to 1 thousand incidents in the field of information security, while 24% said the discovery of from 10 to 100 attack, 48% reported that the number of incidents did not exceed 10. Among the most common consequences of such incidents – the theft or damage of internal data.

“Often cases of industrial espionage or targeted attacks associated with the activities of foreign States and politics in General. However, the technical capabilities to conduct such attacks have a whole group of people, to contract which can be anyone, from special services of foreign States to direct competitors”,— the newspaper quotes the comment of the head of the monitoring Department of Positive Technologies Vladimir Kropotov. At the same time, according to the analyst InfoWatch Sergey Haruka, cases of attacks on organizations from foreign governments single. However, deep research targeted attacks initiated by foreign governments, was not carried out, he adds.

Earlier in a joint study of the Foundation for Internet development initiatives (FRIA), Microsoft, and Group-IB said that the damage to the Russian economy from cybercrime in 2015 amounted to 0.25% of Russia’s GDP, or more than 200 billion rubles.