IT professionals are losing faith in their cyber-security, survey finds

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1st February 2016 10:57 - Information Technology

According to a recent survey, an increasing number of IT security professionals are losing faith in their organisations cyber-security, with many feeling unconfident in their ability to protect their business from a cyber-attack.

The market research discovered that just 54 per cent of organisations across the globe felt that their cyber-security measures could be able to protect their organisation from an increasing number of threats.

Nonetheless, cyber-security remains a focus point for many businesses, especially as an increasing amount of companies shift to online. Of the survey respondents, 92 per cent said that investors and regulators will expect organisations to keep their organisations cyber secure.

The research also discovered that a staggering amount of organisations are trying to protect themselves, using an aging infrastructure, with the number of businesses that said their security infrastructure was up-to-date falling by 10 per cent between 2014 and 2015.

92 per cent of 115,000 devices connected to the internet are running known vulnerabilities. As well as this, it was found that 31 per cent of all the devices in the survey were not maintained or supported by the vendor and 8 per cent were described as “end of life”.

The security failures revealed in the survey have been attributed to the rising amount of companies outsourcing security services, with businesses sourcing external, qualified talent to help manage cyber-security.

In 2015, the number of companies who outsourced their cyber-security resource increased to 23 per cent, a notable rise from 2014’s 14 per cent.

Endeavouring to find cheap ways of protecting their business from cyber-attacks, small and medium sized businesses are also outsourcing talent. However, the number of small and medium sized businesses using online security tools decreased by more than 10 per cent, indicating that businesses are becoming sitting ducks for cyber criminals.

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