2013 TMT global security survey
Blurring the lines
Many TMT organisations may be overconfident about their level of information security. In this year’s study, 88% of all respondents (and 92% of Technology respondents) indicated they are “very confident” or “somewhat confident” that they are protected against external cyber threats. Also, more than 60% rate their ability to mitigate newly developed threats as “average” or “high.”
However, this widespread confidence may not be realistic.
Among the 121 TMT organisations surveyed globally, 68% believe they understand their cyber risks, and 62% say they have a program that sufficiently addresses these risks.
Yet more than half knowingly experienced a security incident in the past year, and of those incidents, 7% were considered high impact. In addition other organisations may have had their security breached without even realising it!
In reality every organisation is vulnerable; 100% prevention does not exist. That’s why a combination of detection and incident response, in addition to prevention, is becoming more important. In fact, TMT organisations today are increasingly focusing on cyber resilience, not just security.
According to the surveyed organisations, network-related protective technologies (such as firewalls and network zones) are by far the most effective methods. Security compliance tools are considered the least effective.