1IT Professionals Give Cyber-Security Confidence a C- Grade for 2017
2The U.S. Gets a C+
3India is Ranked No. 1
4Risk Assessment Index Shows a Decline in Confidence
A core element of the Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card is the Risk Assessment Index, which measures an organization’s ability to assess cyber-security risks across 11 IT infrastructure components. For the 2017 report, Tenable found an overall decline in risk assessment scores, indicating a lower level of security confidence. Tenable suspects the decline in confidence could be due to a drop in morale as a result of near-daily data breach headlines, compounded by fatigue from the constant battle to keep pace with emerging technologies and proliferating threats.
5Security Assurance Levels Unchanged from 2016
While Risk Assessment confidence has declined, Security Assurance has remained relatively unchanged. Tenable’s Security Assurance Index defines an organization’s confidence in its ability to mitigate threats by investing in security infrastructure. Of particular note is that security professionals are increasingly confident in their ability to measure security effectiveness, measured at 83 percent for the new study, up from 81 percent in the 2016 report.
6Retail Scores a C
7Optimism for the Future of Cyber-Security
8Cyber-Security is Still Overwhelming
Though the majority of cyber-security professionals in the Tenable study are optimistic about the future, they see cyber threat environment overall as very overwhelming.