Latest survey results – July 2019

The latest International Cyber Benchmarks Index™, for July 2019, is 25.4, maintaining the upward trend.

Impact of cyber attacks

Most participants continued to agree that a Web Application Firewall (WAF) is an essential component of their security infrastructure. This increases the 13 months survey average by one point.

Number of third-party MSPs worked with and hacking concerns

Organizations typically work with three third-party MSPs and the majority are concerned that these providers may be hacked.

Level of confidence in third-party contractors and desire for change of cloud provider

Only a quarter (24%) are very confident they have safety barriers in place to prevent third-party contractors violating security protocols and over half (53%) would change cloud provider if they could.

Cyber threats ranked in order of level of concern

During May-June 2019, DDoS was the greatest concern followed by System compromise and then Ransomware.

How threat of attack by various vectors has changed

During May-June 2019, Social engineering – email was most likely to be perceived as an increasing threat to organisations, followed by Generalized phishing and DDoS.

How organisations’ ability to respond to threats has changed

During May-June 2019, organisations have focused most on increasing their ability to respond to DDoS, Targeted hacking and Ransomware.

How the risk of attack from various actors has changed

During May-June 2019, organisations have perceived the most likely increase in threats to be from Criminals and Unknown actors.

How threat landscape has changed

During May-June 2019, 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

57% of enterprises surveyed in July 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

51% of enterprises surveyed in July 2019 outsource their DDoS mitigation, in line with the previous reporting period.

Length of time taken to initiate DDoS mitigation

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