Latest survey results – March 2021

The latest International Cyber Benchmarks Index™, for March 2021, is 45.7, maintaining the upward trend.

Whether organization suffered any form of downtime or disruption due to network security issues … caused by the mass shift to remote working due to COVID-19

The majority of organizations (61%) suffered significant or moderate downtime/disruption in the first 6 months of the pandemic and, whilst reducing over time, 54% have been impacted in the last 6 months.

Level of confidence that executives in organization now have a greater understanding and appreciation for network security

The challenges caused by the pandemic mean that most executives in an organization now have a greater level of understanding and appreciation for network security.

Level of agreement that challenges posed by the pandemic have strengthened network security and triggered improvement of corporate VPNs

The majority (89%) agree that challenges posed by the pandemic have strengthened their organization’s security for potential future attacks and 79% agree that corporate VPNs have been made more secure.

Cyber threats ranked in order of level of concern

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

How threat of attack by various vectors has changed

During January-February 2021, Ransomware, DDoS and Targeted hacking were most likely to be perceived as increasing threat to organisations.

How organisations’ ability to respond to threats has changed

During January-February 2021, organisations have focused most on increasing their ability to respond to Targeted hacking, Ransomware and Vendor or customer impersonation.

How the risk of attack from various actors has changed

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

How threat landscape has changed

During January-February 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

77% of enterprises surveyed in March 2021 indicated that they have been on the receiving end of a DDoS attack at some time, up 2% 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 March 2021 outsource their DDoS mitigation, in line with the previous reporting period.

Length of time taken to initiate DDoS mitigation

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