Organizations starting to gain the upper hand when it comes to IT security

Published: Thursday, 05 May 2016 08:46

SolarWinds has released the findings of a new survey that highlights significant improvements in IT security preparedness and effectiveness among UK organizations.

Fielded between December 2015 and March 2016 in conjunction with Penton Research, the survey yielded responses from 109 IT practitioners, managers, directors and executives in the UK from small, midsize and enterprise companies.

“Given the heightened international media attention on IT security breaches, it was a pleasant surprise to see that 43 percent of respondents did not experience any security breaches in 2015, and only 28 percent believe a security breach is likely in 2016,” said Dr. Kristin Letourneau, director of research at Penton. “Survey data seems to reflect a shifting focus from fear of cyberattack, to the implementation, maintenance and refinement of established and effective security systems.”

Key findings

While challenges to improving IT security remain, there is a trend towards better security preparedness and effectiveness:

Organizations whose security posture improved over the past year found success by implementing a handful of vital security technologies and best practices:

Despite these positive developments, IT departments must still be vigilant against the threat and consequences of security breaches: