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Cyber Defence Monitor 2017:

With varying levels of investment, readiness and confidence, cyber security in Asia Pacific represents one of the most dynamic regions in this year’s Cyber Defence Monitor.

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Are your board and your IT department on the same page?

Cyber security may be a top board room priority, but what does that mean in practice? We talked to over 1,200 people around the world from two distinct groups within companies: senior executives and IT decision makers.
Close examination of the responses to our survey suggested that, while these two groups agree on many things, they often do so from very different perspectives, symptomatic of a lack of clear communication and agreed basic information shared between executives and IT leaders.

Among our findings:

  • 65% of C-Suite respondents in Malaysia say their IT teams and staff more broadly are responsible in the event of a breach, whereas only a third (35%) of ITDMs think this is the case. Similarly, over half of ITDMs (55%) think senior management and leaders should shoulder the blame, compared to only 30% of C-Suite respondents.
  • 81% of IT teams are confident they are well-equipped to defend against a cyber attack, while almost a third (30%) of C-suite respondents, a larger proportion than in any other market, are not sure they are equipped to handle a cyber-attack, should they be targeted.
  • However, both groups believe the number and severity of attacks will increase over the coming year, with 90% of board respondents and 84% of IT teams predicting an increase in the number of attacks, and 90% and 87% respectively predicting an increase in the severity of attacks.
  • Almost three times as many C-Suite executives think that human error will enable a cyber attack than ITDMs (85% vs 28%), making Malaysian C-Suite respondents the least trusting of their people globally (averaging at 64%). More ITDMs think it would likely be through attackers breaching their network from outside (43%).
  • Around the world, cyber security represents the most significant business challenge to 71% of C-Suite respondents (70% in Malaysia).

CDM 2017 MYstats