The Global State of Information Security Survey 2014. Defending yesterday.

The war on information security is worsening: organisations are now defending yesterday, even as their adversaries exploit the threats of tomorrow.

This is the alarming finding from The Global State of Information Security Survey 2014.

Based on a global survey of more than 9,600 business, security and IT executives, we found while organisations are raising the bar and spending more to protect themselves, they are being outpaced and outsmarted by determined attackers causing harm.

Consequently, sophisticated intruders can bypass perimeter defences to perpetrate dynamic attacks that are highly targeted and difficult to detect. Many use well-researched phishing exploits and the latest technologies.

It's clear: information security is becoming more costly and more complex to police and a new model of information security is needed – one that is driven by a knowledge of threats, assets and the motives and targets of potential adversaries.

This new model requires that organisations identify their most valuable assets and prioritise protection. Security incidents should be seen as a critical business risk that may not always be preventable, but can be managed to acceptable levels. And it is essential that security is a foundational component of the business strategy, one that is championed by the CEO and board, and adequately funded.

In this new model of information security, knowledge is power. Please get in touch with us if you'd like to discuss your organisation's information security needs.

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