An organisation’s own staff is its biggest cyber security weakness, a new survey from CyberEdge Group claims. The fourth annual Cyberthreat Defence Report
, which polled the security industry’s top vendors, found that respondents’ greatest obstacle in establishing effective defences was “low security awareness among employees”. The second biggest obstacle was a “lack of skilled personnel”.
The results are consistent with CyberEdge’s previous three reports, but, for the first time, the survey also questioned organisations specifically about ransomware attacks. Among respondents, 61% said they had been compromised in the past year. Of those affected:
- 33% paid the ransom and recovered their data
- 54% refused to pay but successfully recovered their data anyway
- 13% refused to pay and subsequently lost their data
Among individual countries, the UK was comparatively secure – although ‘comparatively’ is the operative word, as over half (56%) of organisations reported being compromised. Japan was the least affected country (36%) and Mexico was the most affected (88%).
Can’t get the staff
With malicious attacks being so prevalent, having well-trained staff who are aware of security risks is crucial. Respondents to the Cyberthreat Defence Report corroborate this, and yet organisations continue
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