Check Point releases 2017 Cyber Security Survey results

Check PointI’m a big fan of surveys. I’m a fan because numbers are easy to digest. I like to see, at a glance, the results of opinion surveys to see how well they correspond with my own opinions. Rarely do I differ from the norm in security surveys. This one is no exception. I think we all feel overwhelmed and surprised that everyone else feels overwhelmed and surprised by malware, mobile threats, APTs, data loss, insider threats, and other security breaches and thefts.

Check Point surveyed more than 1,900 IT Security personnel. Check Point, for those of you who don’t know, is one of the first security companies to offer an intelligent firewall solution. In fact, for the past 25 years, Check Point has been the “Go To” firewall solution for companies across the world.

Check Point released its 2017 Cyber Security Survey. Here are a few data points highlighted in the survey:

A poll of 1900+ IT Security experts reveals…

  • Slightly more than one-third (35%) either feel Extremely Confident or Very Confident with their organization’s security posture. More interestingly that means nearly 65% are not confident; these organizations continue to remain vulnerable to security breaches.
  • 81% feel their organization currently has security concerns as it relates to adopting public cloud computing.
  • 64% said Data Leakage and Data Loss were their primary mobile security concern related to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
  • 68% said Malware Protection is their key capability required for an effective Mobile Threat Management solution.

Of all the recent security surprises, I’m not surprised that almost two-thirds of the survey’s respondents are not confident with their organization’s security posture. I think that mobile threats are actually less of a problem than people think. The problem with mobile devices is not necessarily malware or hacking, but the problem of data exfiltration. Mobile Content Management prevents data exfiltration and file-level auditing is a good deterrent as well.

The full survey can be accessed through Check Point’s blog: Check Point’s 2017 Cyber Security Survey Shows Key Concerns and Opportunities among IT Professionals.

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