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Cyber Security Statistics, Facts and Trends – Our Annual Survey Results

We conduct frequent, anonymous cyber security research surveys to bring you the latest Cyber Security statistics, facts, and trends.

From privileged access management to zero-day attacks, insider threats to IT outsourcing – here’s a look at some of the behind the scenes trends in cybersecurity, as told to us by those in the know.

Data Breaches and Cyber Attacks

  • 89% of respondents think that huge financial hacks are happening more often than reported and right under the nose of security auditors.
  • 76% believe that cyber attacks are evolving too fast to keep up with.
  • 71% believe that an APT will attempt to breach their organization in the next six months.
  • 48% do not think their IT staff can detect the presence of an attacker who attempts to breach the network or extract private data.
  • 45% do not think they are prepared to defend against a cyber attack, despite all of the IT security their organization deploys.
  • 20% are not confident that perimeter security tools react quickly enough to stop APTs.

Learn more in the following report: RSA Conference 2016 Cyber Security Survey.

Cyber Warfare

  • 59% of respondents think a state-sponsored attacker will attempt to breach their organization in the next six months.
  • 58% are not confident that their network has never been breached by a foreign nation-state attack or an advanced persistent threat.

Insider Threats

  • 68% of respondents believe that as an IT professional they have more access to sensitive data than people in other departments.
  • 39% can get unauthorized access to their organization’s most sensitive information – including the CEO’s data.
  • 34% have used their privileged access to snoop around the network.
  • 20% have already exploited their privileged access.
  • 13% can access previous employers’ systems using their old credentials.
  • 11% would use their access to sensitive data if they were laid off.

IT Operations

  • 81% of respondents think that staff tends to ignore the rules that IT departments put in place.
  • 76% think that employees in their organization have access to information that they don’t necessarily need to perform their jobs.
  • 69% do not think they are using IT security products to their full potential.
  • 64% suspect that their IT outsourcers made up work to earn extra money.
  • 32% work in organizations that do not have a policy to change default passwords when deploying new hardware, applications and network appliances.
  • 15% say if they left their organization they could still access their admin credentials remotely.

Learn more in the following report: RSA Conference 2016 Cyber Security Survey.

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