Companies plan to prioritize cloud security, data protection measures

petter-lagson-fk7RyOS7ZfI-unsplash-1-1Virtually all the IT professionals that participated in a recent information security survey said their organization had faced a cyberthreat over the past year — and identified malicious insiders and human error as the top two threat sources.

Only about a quarter of IT professionals (23 percent) believe employees have a clear understanding of what cyberthreats exist and the role they play in preventing them.

Malware and ransomware attacks, compromised devices and web-based vulnerabilities as the three most common types of cybersecurity threats, followed by social engineering scams.

More than half (59 percent) of organizations have a security agenda in place; and nearly a quarter (23 percent) plan to make cloud security their top investment moving forward.

Twenty percent plan to focus on overall data security, such as data protection when information is at rest and in transit, in the future; 15 percent intend to make network security, including integration with security information and event management and other security products, a priority for 2019-2020.

Technological competency is the biggest barrier to adopting and rolling out cybersecurity solutions; 33 percent of the survey respondents named it as an issue. Budget constraints are the second most significant roadblock, according to 23 percent.

For more on current cybersecurity threats, view the survey-related executive summary, infographic and other information from Canon.