Cybersecurity is a growing issue for a number of organisations around the world, with cloud, mobile devices and board-level involvement all key weakness, according to Tenable Network Security’s 2016 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card.
The report card tallied responses from six countries and seven industry verticals, and calculated a global score reflecting the overall confidence levels of security practitioners.
According to survey data, global cybersecurity earned an overall score of 76% - which equates a ‘C’ average.
Nearly 40% of respondents said they feel ‘about the same’ or ‘more pessimistic’ about their organisations’ ability to defend against cyber attacks compared to last year.
When asked about the biggest challenges facing them today, the practitioners cited an overwhelming threat environment as the biggest challenge, while reporting relative confidence in the effectiveness of cybersecurity products.
“What this tells me is that while security innovations solve specific new challenges, practitioners are struggling to effectively deploy an overarching security strategy without gaps between defences,” says Ron Gula, Tenable Network Security CEO.
“It’s no surprise that many in the profession feel overwhelmed by the increasingly complex threat environment.
“The recent, unprecedented cyberattacks have disrupted business for leading global companies, infiltrated governments and shaken confidence among security practitioners.
“With so much at stake, organisations need to know whether their security programmes are effective or if they are falling short,” Gula says.
Key findings include:
Cybersecurity assurance report cards by industry
“These index scores reflect a startling lack of ability to detect and assess cyber risk in both cloud infrastructure and applications as well as mobile devices,” says Gula.
“Another concern is the uphill battle security professionals face in mobilising their organizations’ leadership to prioritise security.
“There’s a disconnect between the CISO and the boardroom that must be bridged before real progress can be made,” he says.
Original research for the 2016 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card was conducted by CyberEdge Group, a research and marketing firm serving the security industry’s top vendors.