Cyber security leaders concerned about sharp rise in digital threats

RiskIQ, the digital threat management firm, has announced the release of its 2018 CISO Survey, revealing that 89.1% of all information security leaders are concerned about the rise of digital threats they are experiencing across web, social and mobile channels.

Some 1,691 US and UK information security leaders across multiple verticals, including enterprise, consulting, government and education, provided insights into their cyber risk concerns and plans for 2018.

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Overall, the survey revealed a coming “perfect storm,” where the problem of staff shortages collides with escalating cybercrime, leaving organisations ill-equipped to manage and respond to cyber risks and threats that are accelerating in an era of digital transformation, pervasive connections and increasingly sophisticated attack strategies sponsored by nation-states and rogue actors.

As the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws in Intel chips dominated the news in early 2018, and after a year of major security breach announcements and settlements, including Equifax, Yahoo and Anthem, the following findings are hardly surprising:

● 67% of cyber security leaders do not have sufficient staff to handle the daily barrage of cyber alerts they receive.

● 60% expect digital threats to grow as their organisations increase online engagement with customers.

● The top three digital threats information security leaders fear are phishing and malware attacks on employees and customers; brand impersonation, abuse, and reputational damage; and information breaches.

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● The top risk organisations face today is a lack of experienced staff to monitor and help protect networks from cybercrime.

● Currently, 37% of firms have engaged a managed security services provider (MSSP) to help monitor and manage cyber threats.

“The RiskIQ 2018 CISO Survey illuminates a growing industry-wide problem, which is that cybercrime is growing at scale, and enterprises are already experiencing critical staff shortages,” said Lou Manousos, CEO at RiskIQ.

“That’s one reason 1 in 3 organisations have engaged with an MSSP to combat cyber risks and threats, and we expect that number to grow as the competition for top security talent gets far more intense.”

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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