The Cybersecurity Imperative
Managing cyber risks in a world of rapid digital change
“We are in a cybersecurity arms race, and the hackers are winning. Over the years, we have tested thousands of companies. There is always a way in."
Kevin Mitnick, Chief Hacking Officer, KnowBe4
By 2021, cybercrime is likely to cost the world $6 trillion annually*—more than the combined GDP of the UK and France. As companies embrace the latest digital solutions and respond to rising regulations, cybersecurity has become a top management priority across industries and markets.
But cybersecurity is a moving target: as companies embrace new technologies, so do hackers. The reluctance of firms to share cybersecurity information makes benchmarking and planning more challenging.
To fill this gap, ESI ThoughtLab joined with WSJ Pro Cybersecurity and a group of prominent organizations to launch The Cybersecurity Imperative, a thought leadership program drawing on rigorous global research and analysis. As part of this program, we surveyed 1,300 organizations across industries and countries, conducted advisory meetings and interviews with leading experts and practitioners, and developed analytical tools to benchmark approaches and assess performance impacts.
*According to Cybersecurity Ventures
Cyber risks with the largest growth over the next two years
Although the most common attacks are now malware/spyware and phishing, the growing use of supplier ecosystems, embedded systems, and mobile and web applications will escalate risks.
Executives expect to see huge growth in attacks through third parties with network access (+247%), and also the reverse: attacks on partners and vendors through their own systems (+284%).
The Cybersecurity Benchmarking Database
To cope with rising cyber risks, companies are increasing their cybersecurity investment 7% this year and 14% next year. On average, companies with revenue between $250m-$1b will spend $2.9m next year; $1b- $5b ($5.7m); $5b-$20b ($10.7m); and $20b+ ($16.8m). Next year, these firms plan to allocate 39.3% of their cybersecurity budgets to technology, 30.7% to process, and 30% to people. To learn more, take a look at our new database, Cybersecurity Benchmarks 2018
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