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Organizations don't assess the security risks of cloud and mobile technologies

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December 5, 2016

According to a survey of cybersecurity professionals, many companies and various organizations are simply not prepared to assess the various security risks of cloud and mobile technologies in today's rapidly changing environment, but the trend appears to be improving somewhat.

Overall, about 61.4 percent of small and medium-size companies were able to assess security risks in cloud environments. That's down seven points compared to 2015.

Mobile devices scored at about 57.2 percent, down by eight percentage points compared to last year.

But the overall confidence levels of security professionals that their cyber defenses were meeting expectations dropped from 76 percent last year to 70 percent in this year's survey, according to the report, which was produced by Annapolis, M.D.-based CyberEdge Group.

The largest single decrease was in the confidence level of the security of web applications, down 18 points from 80 percent last year to 62 percent today. So there's a ray of hope.

Various respondents also reported a lower confidence level in their ability to convey security risks to executives and board members, down three percentage points from 83 percent in 2015 to 80 percent today.

However, on a more positive note, they were more confident about their ability to manage internet security effectiveness, up by two points from 81 to 83 percent, the survey demonstrated.

Chris Thomas, strategist at Columbia, Md.-based Tenable Network Security, which produced the report, asserted that he was surprised by the overall results.

"It would be my guess that, going forward, they might get more comfortable with cloud and mobile technology and how to better assess the various security risks," he asserted.

"Our ability to evaluate the security risks and mitigate those threats should become greater over time. However, the numbers aren't showing that. The numbers are revealing instead a decrease over last year, and I really don't have an explanation of that," he added.

For instance, let's take cloud technology-- companies and various organizations are using more and more cloud services and cloud infrastructure. He suggested that security professionals might be becoming more aware of cybersecurity risks than they were before.

He added-- "On the mobile segment, we've had wireless devices for a good while already. This isn't something new and we think we'd have a real understanding of the various security issues. So I would expect this score to go up, but instead we had a drop, and that's good news."

Thomas suggested that increased media focus on security breaches might be bringing additional attention to potential security issues, however.

The survey broke down the scores by industry and showed a decline in most verticals. "We're pretty much across the board," Thomas said. "And that's not a good sign," he added.

For instance, health care scored the lowest in 2016, at just 54 percent, down from 72 percent in 2015.

Additionally, if we look at the data geographically, India scored the highest, at 73 percent, and Japan the lowest with a score of just 43.2 percent.

He also suggested that this might be due to the percentage of companies in each country who handle their own internet security, however.

"The overall level of outsourcing is also higher in India," he asserted. "And it gives them the sense that they're paying someone else to handle it, and they think they're more secure, although that's debatable."

Source: The CyberEdge Group.

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