By  on June 3, 2013

GENEVA — Companies — especially small and medium-size enterprises — need to strengthen their defenses and have a plan in place to deal with computer attacks ranging from denial-of-service assaults to attempts to knock sites offline, to seeking to steal trade secrets and proprietary information, a senior U.S. official said.

The warning by Christopher Painter, coordinator for cyber issues at the U.S. State Department, comes as a global study, “Internet Security Threat Report 2013,” by the California-based Symantec Corp., found that last year 50 percent of all targeted attacks were aimed at businesses with fewer than 2,500 employees.

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