Management / Four in five firms expect to be more secure in 2016 than during 2015

Four in five firms expect to be more secure in 2016 than during 2015

Although 80 per cent of firms experienced a data breach during 2015, almost as many companies expect to be more secure next year, according to a new report.

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71 per cent of firms expect their businesses to be more secure in 2016, despite 80 per cent suffering data breaches in 2015, says a report from IT company Spiceworks.

The firm found that despite the number of attacks, businesses still felt confident they would be able to boost their security during 2016.

Respondents said further investment in IT security measures would be a priority for many firms, mostly focusing on tools and resources.

36 per cent of cyber security professionals expected to see more money spent on intrusion detection, while nearly a quarter thought penetration testing would be key and 22 per cent thought that advanced threat protection was the most likely investment to be made by their firms.

80 per cent of respondents also said they believe that a lack of understanding is currently the most significant challenge facing IT departments, with many other employees failing to navigate essential security measures and leaving systems open to attack.

Many IT professionals named shadow IT and ‘bring your own device’ culture as potential threats to security that the majority of employees may not consider.

Approximately half of all respondents were worried by the prospect of malware attacks during 2016, while 38 per cent thought data theft and password breaches posed serious threats to organisational security.

Almost half of all respondents were concerned by the prospect of attacks from individual hackers.

Sanjay Castelino, Spiceworks’ marketing vice president, said the ability of IT professionals to identify potential threats for 2016 was a promising sign of their capacity to fight them and voiced hope regarding the ability of IT departments to fend off attackers.

“The results show that IT professionals feel responsible for the security of their organisations’ data, and in a world where technology is getting more complex and organisationally distributed, their jobs aren’t getting any easier,” he said.

“In reaction to these challenges, they’re being more proactive about preventing security incidents and breaches by learning about new threats, regularly educating employees about risks and investing in more advanced security solutions.”

Spiceworks’ full report, Battling the Big Hack, is available from the firm’s website.


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