Almost Half of Firms Admit IT System Breach in Ponemon Survey
A Ponemon Institute survey found 47 percent of companies encountered a system breach in the past 24 months.Nearly half of companies that responded to a Ponemon Institute survey have suffered a breach in the past two years that compromised their business network or data. While three-quarters of respondents to the survey believe threat intelligence is necessary to protect against such breaches, information sharing hasn't helped as much as the companies expected, according to the survey, which was sponsored by threat intelligence firm Internet Identity. The survey found significant problems with current business approaches to threat intelligence and information sharing. While most companies participate on some level in the exchange of threat intelligence with industry peers, two-thirds of professionals are not satisfied with the timeliness of the data. "We still have not crossed that gap on how to best use it, or to put it to best effect," Mark Foege, vice president of IID, told eWEEK. "I think we, as vendors, have a ways to go. As consumers, they have to be better about putting threat intelligence to work."
Threat intelligence is a broad category of information that encompasses freely available blacklists and Internet reputation data as well as deep analysis of online threats and actors. A large number of service providers gather data on Internet threats, analyze the data and sell the resulting information as threat intelligence, but companies also exchange informaton with industry peers.