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Survey reveals cyber pros’ uneasy confidence in security strategies

Untrained and malicious insider threats cause IT security experts concerns to surge by 125% year-on-year, according to latest report from KnowBe4.

Despite confidence in their organisation’s cyber security strategies, many IT practitioners, continue to express contradictory if significant concerns. The majority (96%) of respondents to the latest study by security awareness training KnowBe4 believe that their organisations have either a ‘proactive’ or ‘mature’ security ‘posture’ in place.

A further 71% believe that their organisation has a ‘well-established security culture’ or that their employees have adopted ‘good cyber security behaviours’. However, 48% of organisations polled were still concerned to some degree towards at least one of the main security issues raised.

Key findings from the 2020 What Keeps You Up at Night Report include:

  • Insider threats – the ‘untrained or malicious user’ – constitute the single greatest factor in determining ‘up at night’ levels of stress, increasing concerns over cyber attacks an average of 125% on KnowBe4’s 2019 survey.
  • Seventy-five percent of UK organisations express concerns with regard to Shadow IT – apps and devices.
  • Ensuring security measures meet compliance requirements continues to be a challenge for 48% of organisations.
  • Sixty-three percent of organisations are concerned about having adequate budget to cover the costs of ‘proper’ IT staffing, to implement solutions and to maintain relationships with key vendors.
  • Sixty-nine percent of respondents are worried about credential compromise to some degree, ranking it as the top attack concern.

“When it comes to cyber security, it can often feel like a game of moving one step forward only to find that you have moved two steps back,” said Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4.

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