Latest survey results – July 2021

The latest International Cyber Benchmarks Index™, for July 2021, is 48.2, maintaining the upward trend.

Whether organization has been target or victim of a RDDoS attack in last 12 months and, if so, whether multiple times and whether paid ransom

Over two-fifths of organizations have been the target or victim of a RDDoS attack in the last 12 months with 70% of these having been targeted multiple times and 36% opting to pay the ransom.

Level of confidence in organization’s knowledge of how to respond to a RDDoS attack

A quarter of organizations are not confident in their knowledge of how to respond to a RDDoS attack.

Whether organization has been target or victim of a ransomware attack in last 12 months and, if so, whether multiple times and whether paid ransom

Two-fifths of organizations have been the target or victim of a ransomware attack in the last 12 months with 57% of these having been targeted multiple times and 36% opting to pay the ransom.

Cyber threats ranked in order of level of concern

During May-June 2021, System compromise was the greatest concern followed by DDoS and then Ransomware.

How threat of attack by various vectors has changed

During May-June 2021, Ransomware, DDoS and Targeted hacking were most likely to be perceived as increasing threats to organisations.

How organisations’ ability to respond to threats has changed

During May-June 2021, 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 2021, organisations have perceived the most likely increase in threats to be from Criminals and Unknown actors.

How threat landscape has changed

During May-June 2021, 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

79% of enterprises surveyed in July 2021 indicated that they have been on the receiving end of a DDoS attack at some time, up 1% 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

56% of enterprises surveyed in July 2021 outsource their DDoS mitigation, in line with the previous reporting period.

Length of time taken to initiate DDoS mitigation

In July 2021, enterprises were most likely to take between 60 seconds and 5 minutes to initiate DDoS mitigation, in line with previous reporting periods.