BP Fights Off 50,000 Cyber-Attacks a Day: CEO

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At the IHS CERAWeek Conference in Houston on Wednesday, CNBC spoke to BP CEO Bob Dudley about the persistent cyber threats that companies like his receive.

Could your business withstand 50,000 cyber-attacks a day?

This is among the many questions haunting businesses as they scramble to protect themselves from a constant barrage of domestic and foreign cyber-attacks. What's at stake to businesses and the governments they work with in this high tech warfare is nothing less than the nation's economic security.

As part of CNBC's ongoing special "Hacking America", we're asking top CEOs and cyber security experts about the potential damage of cyber-attacks, and what businesses and governments can do to protect themselves-and you.

At the IHS CERAWeek Conference in Houston on Wednesday, CNBC spoke to BP (London Stock Exchange: BP.-GB) CEO Bob Dudley about the persistent cyber threats that companies like his receive.

"Cyber security is a growing issue around the world, not only with companies but with governments," Dudley observed. "We see off over 50,000 attempts a day like many big companies... to my knowledge we haven't had an incident that's taken away data from us, but we're incredibly vigilant."

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Cyber hackers seek to penetrate businesses security systems for an ever growing number of criminal motives, including obtaining intellectual property and economic disruption.

"It's not only the threats inside a company's center of computing, but also it's the equipment, it's the running of facilities around the world that we also have our eye on carefully," Dudley said.

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