36% of organisations have no cyber-attack response plan in place

An alarming 36 percent of businesses have yet to develop a cyber-attack response plan, according to a new report by F5 networks..

F5 Networks conducted research at the InfoSec conference in London this week and discovered that some of the top concerns for IT security pros are network attacks (19 percent), malware (18 percent), application data breaches (17 percent), and DDoS attacks (16 percent). The results of the survey were collected from 274 adults at the conference from 7 June through 8 June.

DDoS attacks remain common as 35 percent of respondents believe their business have suffered or likely suffered an attack. Firewalls (33 percent), hybrid mitigation (17 percent) and Web Application Firewalls or WAF (14 percent) were noted as the top primary solutions for DDoS attacks. WAF is an important part of a company's general security as 74 percent of organisations use it or plan to in the future.

The types of DDoS attacks that respondents listed as the biggest threats were ‘blended DDoS' attacks (26 percent), ‘application level' (25 percent), and ‘volumetric-based' (19 percent). Considering the growing number of cyber-ransom style attacks reported these days, extortion-driven attacks were surprisingly the least popular threat (15 percent).

“It's essential that businesses look at their entire security profile and work with providers and the market to understand where the most pressing threats are, as well as how to protect against them. The tools to support businesses are available, with options ranging from on premise implementations to as a service delivery models, meaning businesses of all sizes and profiles can ensure they're protected at every level,” said Gad Elkin, security director EMEA at F5.