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The 2014 Cyber Defence Maturity Report

ForeScout Technologies, Inc., has published its 2014 Cyber Defence Maturity Report. Independent research for the report was conducted by IDG Connect, and offers key insights into the nature of security issues impacting organizations; the perceived maturity of process, controls and tools applied to pre-empt and contain exposures; the state of confidence in security operations; and the most likely areas for future improvement and investment. Survey respondents included 1600 IT information security decision makers in organizations of more than 500 employees, and spanning five industries in the US and Europe.

Key findings of the report revealed that more than 96 percent of organizations experienced a significant IT security incident in the past year. The majority of IT organizations are aware that some of their security measures are immature or ineffective, but only 33 percent have high confidence that their organizations will improve their less mature security controls.

Also evident in the results, increasing operational complexity and a changing threat landscape have affected security capacity as more than 43 percent perceive problem prevention, identification, diagnosis and remediation are more challenging than two years ago.

On aggregate, one in six organizations had five or more significant security incidents in the past 12 months. While confidence in IT security management appears optimistic, overall findings showed a contradiction in efficacy and likely investment compared to where incidents have been most impactful.

The full report and infographic can be downloaded at www.forescout.com/stateofdefense

•Date: 16th July 2014 • US/Europe •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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