2013 was THE year for cyber data theft with 740 million individual records compromised by latest estimates. This means that 2014 will be the year to put the pieces back together. Which of these organizations who lost sensitive information knew what was moving on their networks? And will this next year repeat itself? Let's take a look at CyberEdge Group’s inaugural Cyberthreat Defense Report with a set of three statistics that show that some organizations are not ready.
- 25% of security professionals think their organization has not done enough with respect to security.
- 60% of them were affected by a successful cyber attack in 2013.
- 40% expect to fall victim again in 2014.
Want to find out more shocking statistics? See the Cyberthreat Defense Report Infographic below or download the full report here.
Thus, there are security professionals that were attacked in 2013, believe they will be attacked again in 2014, but that believe that their organization has done what it takes to be secure. Now, I do not mean to distrust human sincerity, but this tells me that there are more than a few security professionals who think that their organization is secure, when in fact it is far from it.
I have seen this first hand walking into an executive's office. "My folks told me we had the tools to defend against this, we told the board of directors we were secure, and now what do we do?" Ultimately, if you are not talking to your trusted security partner TODAY about the events of the past year, then you may be becoming more vulnerable by the day.
These security decision makers have either purchased a sense of security or have not taken the time to talk with a company that is a leader in cyber breaches. How much does it really cost a company to get on the phone and talk with a trusted partner about what it takes to know what's going on in your networks? I don't know how much some of these companies pay their security staff, but I can bet you that the cost of an hour on the phone does not come close to comparing to the cost of having to clean-up after a breach.
Ultimately, 2013 has proven to be the year of cyber data theft. Read through the Cyberthreat Defense Report and see which statistic you fall into. Then ask your staff which statistic you will fall under in 2014.