BCI report highlights the need for stronger cyber resilience culture

Published: Wednesday, 28 June 2017 07:25

With phishing and social engineering maintaining their position as the top driver of cyber disruptions, there is a need for a stronger cyber resilience culture across organizations, and a focus on the human aspects of the threat. This is one of the key findings of the ‘Cyber Resilience Report’, published by the Business Continuity Institute, in collaboration with Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS).

The report states that it is clear that business continuity plays a key role in responding to an incident, and ensuring that the organization is able to manage through any disruption and so prevent it from becoming a crisis.

The Cyber Resilience Report found that nearly two-thirds of respondents (64 percent) to the global survey had experienced at least one cyber disruption during the previous 12 months, while almost 1 in 6 (15 percent) had experienced at least 10. Of those who had experienced a cyber disruption, over half (57 percent) revealed that phishing or social engineering had been one of the causes, demonstrating the need for users to be better educated about the threat and the role they can play in helping to prevent an incident occurring.

The study also found that:

The number of respondents reporting top management commitment to implementing the right solutions to the cyber threat increased to 60 percent, and this is probably due to a number of factors such as the intense media coverage of cyber security incidents, and the impending European Union General Data Protection Regulation, which is due to come into force in less than a year and will have an impact on any organization that holds data on EU citizens.

Read the report (registration required).