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New Research from ISACA Reveals That Organizations with Unfilled Cybersecurity Roles Suffer More Attacks

The cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving, and even more so during this time of disruption. According to ISACA State of Cybersecurity 2020 Survey Part 2 report, most respondents believe that their enterprise will be hit by a cyberattack soon—with 53 percent believing it is likely they will experience one in the next 12 months. This and other survey findings provide a powerful snapshot of what cybersecurity professionals face—including types of cyberattacks, solutions, and reporting challenges—and just how much of an impact cyber teams make on their organizations’ security.

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New research from #ISACA reveals that organizations with unfilled #cybersecurity roles suffer more attacks.

The survey found cyberattacks are also continuing to increase, with 32 percent of respondents reporting an increase in the number of attacks relative to a year ago. However, there is a glimmer of hope—the rate at which the attacks increase is continuing to decline over time; last year, just over 39 percent of respondents answered in the same way.

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Though while attacks are going up—with the top attack types reported as social engineering (15 percent), advanced persistent threat (10 percent) and ransomware and unpatched systems (9 percent each)—respondents believe that cybercrime remains underreported. Sixty-two percent of professionals believe that enterprises are failing to report cybercrimes, even when they have a legal or contractual obligation to do so.

“These survey results confirm what many cybersecurity professionals have known from for some time and in particular during this health crisis—that attacks have been increasing and are likely to impact their enterprise in the near term,” says Ed Moyle, founding partner, Security Curve, and lead writer of the report. “It also reveals some hard truths our profession needs to face around the need for greater transparency and communication around these attacks.”

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