Survey of Security Officers Predicts Increase in Data Breaches

According to a 2017 survey of Chief Information Security Officers, the outlook for security looks challenging. In fact, 65% say they have inadequate in-house expertise to manage security risks and 36% say they are not providing enough training to prevent negligent behaviors. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed predict their company will fall victim to a fishing scam and experience a significant disruption due to malware. More than half predict a data breach.

The survey questioned 612 Chief Information Security Officers and other information security professionals and was conducted by the Ponemon Institute, a pre-eminent research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policy. Read the study in its entirety here.

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