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The 6th Annual Global Security Survey

Protecting what matters


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The goal of the 6th Annual Global Security Survey for financial institutions is to help respondents assess and understand the state of information security within their organization relative to comparable financial institutions around the world. Overall, the survey attempts to answer the question: How does the information security of my organization compare to that of my counterparts? By comparing the 2008 data with that collected from the previous year's surveys, DTT GFSI Practice can determine differences and similarities, identify trends and ponder in-depth questions, such as: How is the state of information security changing within an organization? And are these changes aligned with those of the rest of the industry? 

The scope of this survey is global and, as such, encompasses financial institutions with worldwide presence and head office operations in one of the following geographic regions: North America (NA); Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific (APAC); Japan; and Latin America and the Caribbean (LACRO). To promote consistency, and to preserve the value of the answers, the majority of financial institutions were interviewed in their country of headquarters. 

The participants represent: 
  • Top 100 global financial institutions — 21% (based on assets value). 
  • Top 100 global banks — 21% (based on assets value). 
  • Top 50 global insurance companies — 14% (based on market value). 
  • Number of distinct countries represented — 32. 

Key findings of the survey 

Top five security initiatives: two familiar faces and a newcomer 
  1. The evolution of the CISO 
  2. The evolution of the information security function 
  3. The information security strategy Identity and access management

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