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Enterprises Still Neglecting Cybersecurity Staffing, According to Black Hat Survey

My friends for Cymmetria will be at Black Hat. Pop along to booth #264 (Shoreline, Level 2) to chat about deception. Meanwhile, there’s an attempt to stir up some PR about the event through re-publication of some survey results.

I’m skeptical about these surveys. Who is going to say “It’s ok, I’ve got sufficient budget and resources to do everything.”?…:

Anticipation for the 2018 Black Hat USA Conference has become almost palpable. Tomorrow, August 4, the conference begins in earnest—bringing cybersecurity solution providers and experts from around the country and the world together. But amidst all this excitement, there is also a sense of anxiety, as experts realize they still have an uphill battle against enterprise complacency in cybersecurity staffing.

In the 2018 Black Hat USA Attendee Survey (conducted earlier this year), the majority of InfoSec professionals said they still don’t have the staff or the budget to properly defend their enterprises against cyberattacks:

  • 65% said they don’t have enough qualified staff members to deal with incoming digital threats. This is the fourth year of the study where around ⅔ of respondents felt worried about their cybersecurity staffing.
  • 66% said they lacked the skills and training to perform all of their required job responsibilities.
  • 34% said the lack of cybersecurity skills is the top reason digital security strategies fail.
  • 47% said the lack of women and minority individuals in cybersecurity staffing concerns them.
  • 53% of InfoSec professionals said their enterprise does not provide them with an adequate budget to protect them. This does represent some improvement over years past but is still a worrying percentage.

We’ve said it before: cybersecurity is an investment in your long-term profitability and reputation. The costs of proper cybersecurity staffing and budget may seem extensive in the short-term, but recent studies have found that enterprises are vulnerable to loss of customer trust and business as a result of a data breach. Now is the time to assess your cybersecurity staffing and budget… before a hacker takes advantage of your weaknesses.

Original article here

Peter Glock
Over 30 years of designing, building and managing telecoms and IT services. Primarily working with large enterprise and professional services businesses in Asia, North America, continental Europe and the UK. Information security professional, secret physics nerd.

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