Alert Logic, a Security-as-a-Service provider for the cloud, has announced the results of a survey conducted with 400 UK cybersecurity professionals to better understand the evolving cyber threat landscape UK companies face.
The survey uncovered key findings such as:
- Dealing with advances threats is the most significant concern for cybersecurity professionals: ransomware (48%), phishing attacks (48%) and attendant data loss (47%). The level of concern with these threat categories has grown significantly over the past 6 months.
- Respondents highlighted notable challenges in responding to advanced threats – the most significant being the ability to detect threats (65%). Interestingly, survey participants also noted concern with the lack of advanced security staff (41%) and slow speed of response (23%).
- Lack of budget (51%), lack of skilled personnel (49%), and lack of security awareness (49%) weighed in as the most significant obstacles facing security teams.
- A large proportion of organizations use threat intelligence platforms – with 47% claiming use of open source threat intelligence and 37% using a range of commercial vendors. 49% of respondents claim that use of threat intelligence platforms had a positive impact on reducing data breaches.
- Insider threats continue to be a growing concern (54% perceived a growth in these threats over the past year) with inadvertent breaches (61%) identified as the leading cause. User training was identified by 57% of respondents as their leading method for combating such threats.
Respondents were asked about the likelihood of their organisation being compromised by a successful cyber attack in the next 12 months, compared to last year. Here, the survey found a remarkably even distribution of expectations. Roughly one third (32%) expected that a compromise was likely, while a slightly smaller number (29%) felt that a compromise was less likely.
“Lack of cybersecurity awareness and budget create a strain on an organisation’s ability to combat advanced cyber threats,” said Pinson-Roxburgh. “Organisations must foster an inclusive security culture, and consider security service models if they don’t have the budget for in-house expert security staff; otherwise organisations will continue to expose their IT infrastructure and their sensitive data to risks.”
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Written by DFGR Research Team.
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