Security disconnect in business shows differences between executives and technicians

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There is a disconnect between executives and technicians when assessing how secure a company is from cyber threats that reveals differing views on the challenges and successes.

According to a survey of 3,037 individuals – 1,944 technicians and 1,093 executives – by FireEye and the Ponemon Institute, 32 per cent of executives described their organisation's cyber security posture as excellent, in comparison with 18 per cent of technicians.

The report found that 23 per cent of executives, compared with just three per cent of technicians, felt their organisation's cyber security strategy was not aligned with its overall business objectives.

Greg Day, chief technology officer of EMEA at FireEye, said: “Low awareness of current risks and lack of communication are evidently rife in UK organisations. This is particularly concerning as it impacts the ability to make smart investments – without which effective defences against advanced, targeted attacks cannot be built.

“The upshot of this report is that the level of investment in cyber defences is simply not aligned with the escalating threat level in the UK. The striking disconnect between executives and technicians suggests that businesses are ill-equipped and unprepared, despite the fact that targeted and sophisticated attacks are skyrocketing.”

Executives and technicians were slightly more aligned on the increase in attacks on their business, with 41 per cent of executives and 46 per cent of technicians reporting this. Further, 69 per cent of executives and 76 per cent of technicians indicated that their organisation had suffered a data breach in this period.

“The fact remains that organisations with intellectual property and other sensitive data within their networks are a lucrative target for hackers, and with the stakes higher than ever, enterprise teams must unite and make sure that they are all on the same page, in order to reduce the overall risk,” Day said.

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