Cybersecurity Statistics on Risk & Mitigation Strategies

Intro & Ransomware and phishing

Curious about what your fellow IT professionals think about the state of cybersecurity and the risks we face at every turn? Get the visual scoop below with high-impact graphics from the recent study HelpSystems conducted. More than 650 IT and cybersecurity professionals from around the world gave their input for this important survey, which reveals the most pressing cybersecurity concerns and the strategies in place to mitigate them. Here are the resulting statistics:

 

Ransomware and phishing lead the pack when it comes to the top
risks security teams face today.

Most Concerning Cybersecurity Exploitations

Multi-factor authentication

 

 

Multi-factor authentication, cybersecurity education and training, and strong network security are the strategies respondents would most like to implement in the next 12 months.

Top Security Strategies

Over 65% have difficulty balancing

 

 

Over 65% have difficulty balancing cybersecurity controls with business efficiency, and 46% struggle with insufficient cybersecurity skills and staffing.

Most Challenging Cybersecurity Strategies

When it comes to compliance and regulations

 

 

When it comes to compliance and regulations, a majority of survey respondents adhere to PCI DSS, followed by SOX and the European Union’s GDPR.

Compliance Trends

For those who must comply with the GDPR

 

 

For those who must comply with the GDPR, 67% of respondants are well underway with their compliance efforts, while 17% have not started preparing.

GDPR Compliance

Almost half of respondents rely on managed security services

 

 

Almost half of respondents rely on managed security services to help manage their security efforts in some capacity, while 21% are interested in exploring this option in the future.

Managed Cybersecurity Services

Most feel their management team

 

 

Most feel their management team considers cybersecurity to be “extremely important” or “very important.”

Perception of Cybersecurity in Organizations

While most survey respondents reported

 

 

While most survey respondents reported having a cybersecurity team in house, a combined 46% said they lack these vital resources.

Dedicated Cybersecurity Teams

Most reported having 1-25%

 

 

Most reported having 1-25% of their core computing infrastructure in a third-party cloud, typically Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, or Google.

Public Cloud Utilization and Cloud Vendors
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