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Research Quantifies Growing Security Management Gap and Business Impact of External Web, Social, and Mobile Threats

August 2017 by IDG Connect

RiskIQ announced that it has published its 2017 State of Enterprise Digital Defence Report. Independent research for the report, which offers key insights into the current landscape of digital threats and the maturity of defences to protect an organisation’s digital presence, was conducted by IDG Connect. The findings quantify the security management gap and business impact of external web, social, and mobile threats. Survey respondents included 465 IT information security decision makers in organisations with more than 1,000 employees in the U.S. and U.K.

Businesses today are in the throes of digital transformation and accelerating their online presence to enrich products, deepen customer relationships, and boost their brand. Cyber adversaries have gone digital too, taking advantage of the digital ecosystem and user trust. Overall, the survey revealed a bleak outlook of organisations’ digital defence posture, with many enterprise security practitioners overwhelmed by the scale and tenacity of external digital threats and lacking confidence in their processes, systems, and tools. The results were not without shimmers of positivity as organisations expressed a substantive increase in buying tools and managed services. Further region and industry comparative differences are also evident.

"While the results were both eye-opening and disturbing, the survey findings and insights should empower corporate leadership and IT security professionals to examine how their organisations are protecting their businesses, customers, and brands, and fortifying digital transformation," said Martin Veitch, editorial director at IDG Connect.

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