AT&T Cybersecurity Study Reveals Perception Vs Reality Of Cyberthreats

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At the RSA conference last month, AT&T Cybersecurity took the opportunity to speak to over 700 attendees about their perception of cyberthreats and how security is viewed within the organisation. The full study, entitled “Confidence: the perception and reality of cybersecurity threats” and authored by security advocate Javvad Malik, has shown key findings that:

  • Large enterprises are more aligned with stakeholders. Of the industries, retail was the most negative in terms of seeing eye to eye with stakeholders, with 17 percent of participants stating ‘not at all’ and a huge 43 percent stating that they only saw eye to eye with stakeholders “sometimes”.

  • The biggest threats that worry companies of all sizes are phishing (29%) and cloud security threats (27%).

  • Only 17% of smaller enterprises are very confident in defending against DDoS attacks compared to 29% of large enterprises. Additionally, only, 15% of smaller enterprises are very confident in defending against IoT attacks compared to 21% of large enterprises.

  • The majority of companies view supply chain security as an essential component of any security function (37%), although 18% of smaller companies feel these activities take away resources from important work, while 19% believe it merely serves as a ‘tick box’ activity.

The full study is available on the website: https://alienvault.com/resource-center/analyst-reports/perception-reality-cybersecurity-threats 


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