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Survey looks at risk based security management

Tripwire, Inc., has announced the first instalment of results from an extensive survey on the state of risk-based security management conducted by the Ponemon Institute. The survey covers risk-based security management program governance and maturity and includes 571 UK and 749 US respondents from the following areas: IT security, IT operations, IT risk management, business operations, compliance/internal audit and enterprise risk management.

“The findings from this report strongly indicate that risk-based security management is still viewed as an IT or security task instead of a business task,” noted Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. “Unfortunately, the full value of a risk-based approach to security can only be realized when senior business leaders fully participate in the process.”

Key findings from the survey include:

  • 77 percent rated their organization’s commitment to risk-based security management as ‘significant’ or ‘very significant’;
  • 86 percent identified the minimization of non-compliance as a key business objectives for risk-based security programs and 85 percent identified the protection of intellectual property;
    59 percent say that risk-based security management helps align security programs with business objectives;
  • 48 percent say their organization’s approach or strategy for risk-based security management is non-existent or ad-hoc;
  • 61 percent say that the business has little or no input involvement in providing risk-based analysis;
  • 51 percent don’t have a risk-based security management program or most program activities have not been deployed;
  • Only 27 percent have a security risk management strategy that is applied consistently across the enterprise.

The complete survey results will be released in five parts over the next two months and will cover the following topics:

  • Risk-based security management maturity and governance
  • The value of risk-based security metrics
  • Key metrics for risk-based security
  • Risk-based security controls and spending
  • Risk-based security collaboration, communication and culture.

•Date: 4th July 2013 • UK/US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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