51% of Execs & IT Pros Believe Cyber Attackers Have Been (Or Are Still) On Their Networks

By Ryan Murphy
June 26, 2013
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Results from a recent survey show that 51 percent of business and IT professionals believe a cyber attacker is currently on their network or has been on their network during the last year, bringing to light a worrisome reality in information security – that network visibility is severely lacking.

The survey, conducted by Cyber Ark, also revealed that 57 percent of respondents believe that their organizations place too much faith in perimeter-based (prevention) security.

“The survey demonstrates that while the industry is acutely aware of the threat that today’s cyber-attackers pose, there is still a lot of work to do to fully secure the enterprise from advanced threat,” notes the survey’s executive summary.

Despite the growth of APTs and the “assumption of breach” mindset, only 50 percent of respondents are deploying security strategies that assume the perimeter has already been breached, the report notes.


In contrast to the Verizon Data Breach report, which stated that 62 percent of business took months or years to detect a breach, 38 percent responding to the Cyber Ark study revealed that such breach detection took only minutes or hours.What is also notable from the study, however, is that 25 percent of respondents indicated they “did not know” how long such detection took.time

As was reported widely across the web on Thursday, another key finding from the report was that 80 percent of respondents believe cyber attacks are a greater threat to their countries than a physical attack.

The survey report is the result of interviews with 989 IT security and C-level executives (CEO, CIO, CSO) across
North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific (APAC), the report notes.

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