How are enterprises coping with the security challenges brought on by digital transformation initiatives? - Help Net Security

How are enterprises coping with the security challenges brought on by digital transformation initiatives? - Help Net Security

451 Research has polled IT decision makers at 400 larger companies about the current state of cybersecurity in their organizations, the security initiatives they have planned, the challenges they face, and how they are accommodating emerging technologies and digital transformation initiatives.


The survey, performed on behalf of eSentire, revealed several interesting things, including some unexpected contradictions.


For example: 97 percent of the respondents believe their sensitive information is well-protected and 92 percent believe their organization has the tools and expertise to protect an increasingly diverse and disparate infrastructure, despite 56 percent saying their organizations had experienced a significant security incident, cyberattack, or data breach in the past 12 months.



“SMEs are reporting higher levels of confidence compared to that of their larger peers that often have more resources, staff, tools and specialized expertise. This high level of confidence, or overconfidence, is not backed by risk assessment data and seems to stem from comparison to the organizations’ abilities and cybersecurity posture of the past and not in light of the present or future,” infosec analyst Aaron Sherrill pointed out.


“Considering the increasing volume and sophistication of malicious attacks, the increase in regulatory requirements, the rapid adoption of new technologies and the ever-increasing complexity of a rapidly expanding hybrid IT ecosystem organizations should remain skeptical about their cybersecurity posture.”


Companies are opting for hybrid IT environments


Previous 451 Research surveys revealed that, nowadays, most organizations have dedicated security budgets and that 87 percent of organizations are increasing security budgets by an average of 22 percent for the coming year.


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