Latest survey results – January 2021

The latest International Cyber Benchmarks Index™, for January 2021, is 42.6, maintaining the upward trend.

Amount of time IT team spend modifying WAF to keep up with current threats and whether have separate services for data center and cloud

The majority of organizations report that their IT team spends at least a moderate amount of time modifying their WAF and four-fifths have separate services for their data center and cloud.

Frequency of communicating with vendor’s SOC to manage security threats

Organizations tend to communicate with their vendor’s SOC to manage security threats on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

Cyber threats ranked in order of level of concern

During November-December 2020, DDoS was the greatest concern followed by System compromise and then Ransomware.

How threat of attack by various vectors has changed

During November-December 2020, DDoS, Ransomware and Generalized phishing were most likely to be perceived as increasing threat to organisations.

How organisations’ ability to respond to threats has changed

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

How the risk of attack from various actors has changed

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

How threat landscape has changed

During November-December 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 and industry.

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

75% of enterprises surveyed in January 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 January 2021 outsource their DDoS mitigation, up 2% on the previous reporting period.

Length of time taken to initiate DDoS mitigation

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