Study highlights IT professionals lack of confidence in their company's cyber security

Published: Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:58

A Ponemon study of IT professionals in the UK, US, Germany and Australia, shows that less than half of global IT professionals are confident they have the ability to prevent, detect and resolve data breaches. In the UK, however, the picture is even more damning, with 70 percent of IT practitioners not confident in their ability to prevent breaches.

According to the study, over half (51 percent) of UK IT practitioners in organizations that had suffered a data breach believe that one of the most negative consequences of a data breach is greater scrutiny of the capabilities of the IT department. This ranks above brand and reputational damage (35 percent) and loss of customer trust in the organisation (35 percent).

Overall, 40 percent of IT professionals who took part in the study said their organization had suffered a data breach involving sensitive customer or business information in the past two years.

According to US respondents to the study, 43 percent of organizations had suffered a data breach involving sensitive customer or business information in the past two years. That translates to more than one-in-five organizations getting hit with a serious breach each year, in which a significant amount of confidential data is lost. Today’s security is simply not secure, concludes the study.

The study was commissioned by Centrify.

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