Latest survey results – July 2020

The latest International Cyber Benchmarks Index™, for July 2020, is 37.5, maintaining the upward trend.

Perceived threat of rise of misinformation and confidence in organization’s ability to identify misinformation and/or fake domains

Half (49%) of organizations perceive the threat of the rise of misinformation to be very significant and only 36% are very confident they can successfully identify misinformation and/or fake domains.

Whether organization plans to place greater emphasis on ability to respond to rise in misinformation and/or fake domains and whether stricter Internet measures are needed

Under half of organizations (46%) already have plans in place to respond to the rising threat of misinformation and nine in ten (91%) believe stricter measures need to be implemented on the Internet.

Cyber threats ranked in order of level of concern

During May-June 2020, DDoS and System compromise were the greatest concerns followed by Ransomware.

How threat of attack by various vectors has changed

During May-June 2020, Targeted hacking - email was most likely to be perceived as an increasing threat to organisations, followed by Ransomware and Social engineering - email.

How organisations’ ability to respond to threats has changed

During May-June 2020, organisations have focused most on increasing their ability to respond to Vendor or customer impersonation, Targeted hacking and DDoS.

How the risk of attack from various actors has changed

During May-June 2020, organisations have perceived the most likely increase in threats to be from Criminals and Unknown actors.

How threat landscape has changed

During May-June 2020, 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

70% of enterprises surveyed in July 2020 indicated that they have been on the receiving end of a DDoS attack at some time, up 2% on 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

53% of enterprises surveyed in July 2020 outsource their DDoS mitigation, in line with the previous reporting period.

Length of time taken to initiate DDoS mitigation

In July 2020, enterprises were most likely to take between 60 seconds and 5 minutes to initiate DDoS mitigation, in line with previous reporting periods.