Latest survey results – January 2019

The latest International Cyber Benchmarks Index™, for January 2019, is 19.4, maintaining the upward trend.

Impact of cyber attacks

The vast majority of participants agreed that a Web Application Firewall (WAF) is an essential component of their security infrastructure. This increases the survey average by two points.

Impact of Bot Traffic on security of company

Many are still very concerned about Bot Traffic stealing company information even though the majority have a Bot Traffic Manager solution.

Company stance on using Threat Intelligence Data Feeds

Whilst over half of companies already have a Threat Intelligence Data Feed, a third have still to make a decision and will be doing so in the future.

Cyber threats ranked in order of level of concern

During November-December 2018, DDoS was again the greatest concern followed closely by System compromise and then Ransomware.

How threat of attack by various vectors has changed

During November-December 2018, Generalized phishing was most likely to be perceived as an increasing threat to organisations, followed by DDoS and Social engineering – email.

How organisations’ ability to respond to threats has changed

During November-December 2018, organisations have again focused most on increasing their ability to respond to DDoS, Ransomware and Targeted hacking.

How the risk of attack from various actors has changed

During November-December 2018, organisations have perceived the most likely increase in threats to be from Criminals and Unknown actors.

How threat landscape has changed

During November-December 2018, organisations have continued to perceive the threat landscape to be increasing most from the World at large and least from within their own country.

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

48% of enterprises surveyed in January 2019 indicated that they have been on the receiving end of a DDoS attack at some time, a higher proportion than in previous reporting periods*.

* 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

50% of enterprises surveyed in January 2019 outsource their DDoS mitigation, slightly more than the previous reporting period, and increasing the average to 45%.

Length of time taken to initiate DDoS mitigation

In January 2019, enterprises were most likely to take between 60 seconds and 5 minutes to initiate DDoS mitigation, in line with previous reporting periods.