Latest survey results - March 2022

The latest International Cyber Benchmarks Index™, for March 2022, is 54.9, maintaining the upward trend.

Whether hiring challenges driven by the cyber skills gap / talent shortage have increased reliance on external managed service providers within past year

The vast majority (89%) agree that hiring challenges driven by the cyber skills gap / talent shortage have increased their organization’s reliance on external managed service providers within past year.

Most in-demand skills that organizations are hiring for right now

Organizations are most likely to be hiring for roles involving Cloud Security skills right now followed by Network Operations skills.

Level of agreement / disagreement with statements

High levels of agreement with all three statements, in particular that implementing a digital initiative without fully understanding / addressing potential security challenges is a mistake.

Whether feel organization has rushed to implement a digital initiative without fully understanding / addressing potential security challenges

The majority (56%) of organizations agree that they have rushed to implement a digital initiative without fully understanding / addressing potential security challenges.

Cyber threats ranked in order of level of concern

During January-February 2022, DDoS was the greatest concern followed by System Compromise and then Ransomware.

How threat of attack by various vectors has changed

During January-February 2022, Ransomware, DDoS and Generalized phishing were most likely to be perceived as increasing threats to organisations.

How organisations' ability to respond to threats has changed

During January-February 2022, organisations have focused most on increasing their ability to respond to Vendor or customer impersonation, Targeted hacking and Ransomware.

How the risk of attack from various actors has changed

During January-February 2022, organisations have perceived the most likely increase in threats to be from Criminals and Unknown actors.

How threat landscape has changed

During January-February 2022, organisations have continued to perceive the threat landscape to be increasing most from the World at large and least from within their own company.

Whether respondents have ever been on the receiving end of a DDoS

84% of enterprises surveyed in March 2022 indicated that they have been on the receiving end of a DDoS attack at some time, in line with the previous reporting period*.

* Note that the sample composition changes from wave to wave which explains why the trend for this question can be down as well as up.

Whether survey respondents outsource DDoS mitigation

56% of enterprises surveyed in March 2022 outsource their DDoS mitigation, in line with the previous reporting period.

Length of time taken to initiate DDoS mitigation

In March 2022, enterprises were most likely to take between 60 seconds and 5 minutes to initiate DDoS mitigation, in line with previous reporting periods.