Why global cyber-attacks just might be the wakeup call we all needed
According to research from the Fortinet Global Enterprise Security Survey 2017 despite 85 percent of surveyed businesses having experienced a security breach in the last two years, only 50 percent viewed cyber-attacks as one of their top three risks. In a more positive light however, there is hope that recent high-profile hacks and breaches can serve as a wakeup call to businesses currently avoiding making committed security investments. The research noted that most cyber-security investment is driven by highly-publicised attacks – at present 93 percent of boards only take action when things go wrong, but high-profile cyber-attacks like Wannacry and NotPetya ensure that the problem cannot be ignored. In the last year, two-thirds of businesses have stated a desire to review or increase their security budget. Prevention is easier when all employees in the business, not just the IT department, take responsibility for the security of the business. In response, 67 percent of businesses say they are planning IT security and awareness training for employees in 2018.