Cyberattack Threats Dampen Confidence in IT Security
As if you needed one more reason to fear the onslaught a cyberattack, the annual Black Hat Attendee Survey recently painted a disparaging picture. According to the press release, nearly 600 cybersecurity professionals took part in the survey. The report concluded that critical infrastructure failure in the U.S. at the hands of cybercriminals is a matter of when, not if.
But just how soon can the U.S. expect a major breach? According to the study, 60 percent of survey respondents assume federal agencies will come up short at least once over the next 24 months in their attempts to protect critical digital infrastructure. Contrast that figure with the paltry 26 percent who are confident in the government’s ability to withstand a future cyberattack.
As it turns out, the U.S. government isn’t the only entity in which respondents lacked confidence: They were equally pessimistic about their own organizations. In fact, 60 percent didn’t feel adequately funded to defend against the seemingly unending innovation of cybercriminals. In addition, nearly 70 percent indicated insufficient staff to combat this growing concern.
Combating the Next Cyberattack
Recent allegations of cyberattacks between foreign powers has bred a climate of distrust in the ability of both government organizations and private enterprises to protect themselves, the survey reports. Meanwhile, widespread cyberattacks like WannaCry and Petya have only served to intensity the lack of confidence.
To combat these new forms of malware, organizations must first remedy the greatest threats to their own protection. Black Hat’s survey makes it clear that these weak points include a lack of skilled security professionals, ambivalent attitude from top management and tight security budgets.
While these issues won’t be resolved overnight, the time to take steps to address them is now. National and private organizations alike must devote more resources to security if they hope to avoid the next crippling attack.