The State of Cybersecurity 2015

Published: Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:41

A survey of 200 UK organizations, conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Tenable Network Security, Inc., has found that one in ten organizations do not think that cyber security is a priority for them, with a further 61 percent confirming it is not seen as a top three priority. Against this confidence, Tenable’s ‘The State of Cybersecurity 2015’ study also discovered that 72 percent of the organizations spoken with had suffered some form of cyber attack in the last twelve months, with 31 percent confirming that data was compromised. It is hardly surprising, then, that just a third of respondents (35 percent) believe they could defend themselves against a cyber security threat. A defeated 25 percent threw their hands in the air admitting they didn’t think they had adequate protection to defend themselves.

If there was one statistic that stands as testament to the comprehension of the threats that organizations face it is that, when you look at the industry that respondents are from, IT and technology companies have the least faith in their defences with just 18 percent believing they could fend off an attack. Surprisingly, given the battering that retail and financial services have taken under the assault from cyber criminals, a confident 25 percent and 38 percent respectively believed their systems were insurmountable.