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Neustar, Inc., has released the most recent International Cyber Benchmarks Index, which maps the changing attitudes to various security vulnerabilities. The report highlights current fears that artificial intelligence may prove a potent future threat.

According to the report, security professionals recognise the potential of AI in cybersecurity – with 87 percent of respondents agreeing that it will make a difference to their company’s defences / defenses. However, the majority (82 percent) of security professionals are concerned about the possibility of attackers using AI against their company, with stolen data (50 percent), loss of customer trust (19 percent), unstable business performance (16 percent) and cost implications being the greatest feared outcomes. As a result, nearly 60 percent of security leaders are apprehensive about adopting AI technology within their organizations.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • DDoS was most likely to be perceived as an increasing threat to organizations, followed by social engineering, email and generalised phishing.
  • 46 percent of enterprises have been on the receiving end of a DDoS attack in Q3, a higher proportion than in previous reporting periods.
  • Just under half (48 percent) of organizations have already begun to adopt IPv6, and 16 percent have not started. Lack of IPv6 enterprise adoption and security considerations is presenting new opportunities for cyber criminals.
  • Organizations have perceived the most likely increase in threats to be from Criminals and Unknown actors. These threats are also perceived to be increasing the most from the world at large and the least from within their own company.

About the report

The International Cyber Benchmarks Index is an initiative of the Neustar International Security Council (NISC), a group of select cybersecurity leaders across key industries that assesses the international cybersecurity landscape from the vantage point of security professionals across the EMEA and US regions.

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