The Cybersecurity Race: Are You Ahead or Falling Behind?
The global pandemic has left its mark on IT infrastructure, and businesses worldwide are grappling with the cybersecurity challenges that have emerged in its wake. CISOs are facing a tangled web of problems as they strive to protect their organization's most valuable assets.
In response to these challenges, a groundbreaking report has been released, revealing the current state of cybersecurity and offering valuable insights into how organizations can stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.
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The Cybersecurity Readiness Index: A Snapshot of Global Progress
The Cybersecurity Readiness Index, based on a survey of 6,700 private sector cybersecurity leaders across 27 countries and 18 industries, sheds light on the progress made in five critical pillars of security: Identity, Devices, Network, Application Workloads, and Data.
The results are mixed: while some areas have seen significant strides, others still have a long way to go. Identity Management, considered the most crucial area by respondents, has the most room for improvement. A concerning 58% of respondents fall into the Formative or Beginner categories, indicating they are still in the early stages of deployment. However, 95% have at least initiated the process of implementing a solution.
A similar pattern emerges in Network protection, with 56% of respondents on the lower end of the readiness spectrum. Half of them plan to finalize deployments within the next 12 months, highlighting a sense of urgency to secure the backbone of IT infrastructures.
Device protection fares better, with 31% of organizations in the highest performing category. However, 56% still remain in the Formative or Beginner stages. On a positive note, 88% of organizations yet to deploy solutions plan to do so within the next two years.
Application Workload protection is the least advanced, with 64% of respondents in the Formative or Beginner stages. Although 97% have deployed some kind of solution, most opt for a host software firewall, which may not offer comprehensive protection.
Data protection seems to be the most well-covered area, with 98% of respondents implementing solutions. Most have chosen encryption or backup and recovery measures, and 94% have either partially or fully deployed these solutions. Half of the respondents in the survey fall into the Mature and Progressive categories in data protection.
The Road Ahead: Accelerating Cybersecurity Deployment
The report paints a cautiously optimistic picture. Significant progress has been made in securing organizations against cyber threats, but there is still much work to be done. Deployment of critical solutions for identity, devices, and networks is lagging, leaving organizations vulnerable to attack.
With the consequences of cyberattacks all too clear, readiness must become a priority for organizations worldwide. Accelerating the deployment of cybersecurity solutions is crucial to building resilience in this new hybrid world.
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The Cybersecurity Readiness Index provides invaluable insights into the state of global cybersecurity. By learning from the successes and shortcomings revealed in this report, organizations can take decisive action to strengthen their defenses and stay ahead in the cybersecurity race. As cyber threats continue to evolve, the time for action is now – don't let your organization fall behind.