Tue. Apr 7th, 2020

Key Findings: Bitdefender 2019 Hacked Off Report

Cybercriminals have and continue to evolve faster than the industry can keep up. As a result, cyber professionals have had to up their game.

 

A survey from Bitdefender found that more than one-third of IT security pros believe they are currently facing a cyberattack but do not know about it.

 

The global survey of more than 6,000 IT security professionals also found that their organization had suffered a breach in the last three years, and one-quarter said they had a breach in the first half of 2019.

 

Below, we’ve listed other key findings:

 

Weak Spots

Though it seems like data breaches are happening every other day, more than half (57%) of IT professionals are confident in their organization’s cybersecurity position, rating it as either very good or excellent.

 

Biggest Cyber Threats

When asked about their biggest security threats, thirty-six percent (36%) of respondents chose phishing/whaling attacks followed by trojans (29%) and ransomware (28%).

 

Other top risks include:

  • Compliance (28%)
  • Unpatched software (24%)
  • Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks (24%)
  • Social media threats (22%)
  • APT’s and cyber espionage (20%)

 

Main Consequences Of A Breach

When asked their biggest concern should their organization suffer a large-scale breach, 39% of professionals said loss of customer trust.

 

Followed by:

  • Loss of investment (16%)
  • Legal fines and penalties (14%)
  • Loss of supplier/third-party trust (15%)
  • Loss of employee trust (14%)

 

What Keeps Them Up At Night

And while many IT pros are worried about cyberattacks, their organization’s cybersecurity isn’t the main thing keeping them up at night.

 

What keeps them up and causes the most stress in regards to their role is a lack of cybersecurity understanding from general employees (36%).

 

Other stressors include:

  • Being under-resourced in terms of staffing (33%)
  • Lack of cybersecurity understanding from senior management (30%)
  • Being under-resourced financially (29%)
  • Lack of latest infosec technology (29%)
  • Regulation (27%)

 

To read the full report, click here.