Latest survey results – November 2019

The latest International Cyber Benchmarks Index™, for November 2019, is 28.2, maintaining the upward trend.

Whether paying attention to evolution of quantum computing + whether already using it or planning to

The majority (74%) of organizations are paying close attention to the evolution of quantum computing and 56% are already experimenting with it now or in the process of developing a quantum strategy.

Whether excited or anxious about potential impact of quantum computing

The overwhelming majority are excited about the potential positive impact of quantum computing as opposed to anxious about potential negative ramifications.

Whether expecting advances in quantum computing to overcome encryption and concerns beyond this

The majority (73%) of organizations expecting advances in quantum computing to overcome encryption within the next 5 years and 54% are worried it will outpace development of other security technologies.

Cyber threats ranked in order of level of concern

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

How threat of attack by various vectors has changed

During September-October 2019, DDoS was most likely to be perceived as an increasing threat to organisations, followed by Social engineering – email and Ransomware.

How organisations’ ability to respond to threats has changed

During September-October 2019, organisations have focused most on increasing their ability to respond to DDoS, Vendor or customer impersonation, Targeted hacking and Ransomware.

How the risk of attack from various actors has changed

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

How threat landscape has changed

During September-October 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

60% of enterprises surveyed in November 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

52% of enterprises surveyed in November 2019 outsource their DDoS mitigation, in line with the previous reporting period.

Length of time taken to initiate DDoS mitigation

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

Impact of cyber attacks

Most participants continued to agree that a Web Application Firewall (WAF) is an essential component of their security infrastructure.