Trend Micro Survey Finds 80 Percent of U.S. Businesses Expect a Critical Breach in 2019

New Cyber Risk Index aims to help CISOs identify and prioritize

Micro Incorporated
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), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today released
the results of its Cyber Risk Index (CRI), a survey of more than 1,000
IT security professionals in the United States. The survey found 80
percent of IT business leaders anticipate a critical breach or
successful cyberattack over the coming year.

Commissioned by Trend Micro, The Ponemon Institute conducted the CRI
survey to measure business risk based on the difference between
organizations’ current security posture and their likelihood of attack,
with the goal of helping CISOs and their teams better assess, protect,
detect, respond, and recover from serious cyber threats. The survey will
be issued twice a year to observe trends and changes in business cyber

“The overall Cyber Risk Index shows companies are at an elevated risk
for cyberattack because critical data, operations, infrastructure and
human capital are not well prioritized and protected,” said Jon Clay,
director of global threat communications for Trend Micro. “We designed
the CRI to help security leaders improve their visibility of cyber risks
so they can better prepare against attacks. Additionally, understanding
the key areas of risk can enable companies to provide better security
while also meeting regulatory requirements.”

Respondents to the survey ranked research and development information,
trade secrets, customer accounts, and other confidential information as
the highest risk of loss when a breach occurs. This highlights a
critical gap between data criticality and the protection measures in
place to ensure their safety.

Additionally, the ability to securely implement disruptive technologies
like mobile, cloud, and IoT devices was a great concern to those
surveyed, along with detecting zero-day attacks. However, respondents
positively reported that their CISOs have enough authority and resources
to achieve a strong security posture.

“At its core, the Cyber Risk Index captures benchmarks derived from
surveys compiled from IT and IT security practitioners in small, medium,
and large companies,” said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the
Ponemon Institute. “Over time, these benchmarks can be used to pinpoint
trends that will help CISOs proactively manage risks within the
ever-changing cybersecurity ecosystem.”

A primary cause of these risks was found to be complex, misaligned
organizations with a lack of security connectivity, scalability and
agility, and too few qualified people to manage security systems.

Trend Micro recommends organizations better prepare themselves against
cyber threats by:

  • Identifying critical data and building security around this data,
    taking a risk management approach
  • Minimizing the complexity of infrastructure and improving alignment
    across the security stack
  • Improving the ability to protect mobile devices, information and
    operational technology devices, and cloud infrastructure
  • Investing in new talent and existing personnel
  • Reviewing existing security solutions with the latest technologies to
    detect advanced threats like ransomware and socially engineered
  • Improving IT security architecture with high interoperability,
    scalability, and agility

The Cyber Risk Index will be conducted twice a year to see how
organizations fare over time amidst a rapidly changing threat landscape
and evolving IT security infrastructure.

For more detailed results from the Cyber Risk Index, please visit:

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Erin Johnson

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