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Unprepared for Cyber-Security Incidents

Posted on 5.17.2016

Enterprises are reportedly completely unprepared for cyber-security incidents according to the annual Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR) announced by NTT Com Security, an NTT Group company.

The 2016 GTIR report revealed that despite a rise in security attacks and data breaches, 77 percent of organizations fall into the ‘unprepared’ category, leaving just 23 percent with the capability to respond effectively to critical security incidents.

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“Prevention and planning for cyber security incidents seems to be stagnating, according to the figures in both the GTIR and our recent Risk:Value report,” says Garry Sidaway, VP Security Strategy & Alliances, NTT Com Security. “This is a real concern and could be down to a number of reasons; not least the possibility of security fatigue – too many high profile security breaches, information overload and conflicting advice – combined with the sheer pace of technology change, lack of investment and increased regulation.

The GTIR report also provided some interesting incident response statistics, including:

  • An increase in breach investigations, with 28 percent in 2015 compared to 16 percent the previous year, with many incidents focused on theft of data and intellectual property.
  • Internal threats jumped to 19 percent of overall investigations – from 2 percent in 2014. Many of these were the result of employees and contractors abusing information and computing assets.
  • Spear phishing attacks accounted for approximately 17 percent of incident response activities in 2015, up from 2 percent previously. Many of these attacks related to financial fraud targeting executives and finance personnel, with attackers using clever social engineering tactics, such as getting organizations to pay fake invoices.
  • Despite a rise in DDoS hacking groups like DD4BC and Armada Collective, the GTIR noted a drop in DDoS related activity compared to the previous two years. This is likely to be due to an investment in DDoS mitigation tools and services.


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