Survey Shows Gap Between Perception, Reality in Midmarket Security

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Survey Shows Gap Between Perception, Reality in Midmarket Security

Arctic Wolf Networks survey provides insights into how mid-market companies think about security and what they actually do to enforce IT security.

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Most Organizations are Confident in Their Security Posture

When asked about security posture, 95 percent of respondents indicated that they believed their organizations were above average.

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Mid-Market Organizations Trust Perimeter Security Products

Looking deeper into the perceptions of mid-market companies, the Arctic Wolf Networks study asked IT professional if the perimeter security products they us can combat all cyber-security threats. The majority of respondents agreed with the statement that perimeter security works, with 43 percent agreeing strongly and 46 percent agreeing slightly.

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Firewalls are Commonly Deployed

The most commonly deployed security control in the surveyed mid-market organization is a firewall, followed by Intrusion Detection/Prevention System (IDS/IPS).

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Organizations Think They are Spending Enough on Security

When it comes to resources, 43 percent of respondents indicated that their organizations are spending the right amount on security, with 26 percent admitting they don't spend enough, but they still spend an adequate amount.

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Security Roles are Broad

While the surveyed mid-market IT professional had a confident perception of security capabilities, 72 percent admitted that their roles are so broad it's difficult for them to focus as much as is needed on IT security.

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Less Than a Quarter of Security Alerts are Investigated Within an Hour

Only 23 percent of security alerts received by mid-market companies are investigated within an hour, while 13 percent of alerts are not investigated at all.

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Majority of Organization Can't Stop Zero-Day Threats

When asked about the ability to defend against zero-day exploits, 63 percent of respondents admitted that they cannot stop them.

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Email Security Threats to Watch Out for in 2017

It's a fact: 2016 was the most active year yet for email hacking. From former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee, many email hacks were high-profile and big news all year. But it's not just high-level executives and government officials who are at risk. Any employees who use email to share sensitive information are just as vulnerable to phishing attacks and data breaches, so they should be extremely vigilant when handling corporate and customer information. With email still the most-used business communications tool, it's the obvious target for cyber-criminals. Customer data, protected health information and confidential company financial data are just a few types of information that pass through inboxes every day. It's easy to think that you and your intended recipient are the only ones with access to that data, but as we continue to...
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