Given the daily reports of hacker attacks on organizations, it is not hard to believe that 90% of companies have been victims. Recent reports tell of hacks on organizations we would all like to believe have their act together, like the U.S. Senate, Lockheed Martin, and the IMF. Meanwhile, the recent attacks on Sony's PlayStation Network demonstrate how relatively easy it is for cyber thugs to cost a corporation hundreds of millions of dollars in expenses and lost revenue-not to mention the loss of customer trust.
Not only is the frequency and impact of such attacks increasing, but the sophistication is also increasing. Hackers are reportedly going at the heart of internet security by getting forged certificates (as was done in Stuxnet) and apparently attempting to steal the seed values used in RSA's SecurID tokens. It has been reported that there are hired-guns working in developing countries to find zero day threats-those paying will exploit rather than report these threats.