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SMBs are vulnerable to cyber attacks
July 1, 2016, 6:51 pm

We are pleased to announce the release of a study focused on the cybersecurity threat to small and medium-sized companies (SMBs). Based on the findings, we conclude that no business is too small to evade a cyber attack or data breach. In fact, 55 percent of respondents say they experienced a cyber attack in the past 12 months and 50 percent of companies represented in this study had a data breach during the past year.

We surveyed 598 individuals in companies with a headcount from less than 100 to 1,000.  According to participants in this research, SMBs face the following challenges.

• Prevalent attacks against smaller businesses are Web-based and phishing/social engineering.

• Negligent employees or contractors and third parties caused most data breaches. However, almost one-third of companies in this research could not determine the root cause.

• Current technologies cannot detect and block many cyber attacks. Most exploits have evaded intrusion detection systems and anti-virus solutions.

• Personnel, budget and technologies are insufficient to have a strong security posture. As a result, some companies engage managed security service providers to support an average of 34 percent of their IT security operations.

• Determination of IT security priorities is not centralized. The two functions most responsible are chief executive and chief information office. However, 35 percent of respondents say no one function in their company determines IT security priorities.

• Cloud usage and mobile devices that access business-critical applications and IT infrastructure will increase and threaten the security posture of companies in this study. However, only 18 percent of respondents say their company uses cloud-based IT security services and most password policies do not require employees to use a password or biometric to secure access to their mobile devices.

We hope you will read the full report.


Dr. Larry Ponemon


Throughout the world, MSSPs are improving security posture and fighting cyber threats
June 30, 2016, 12:00 am

We are pleased to announce the release of our first study dedicated to the topic of managed security services providers (MSSPs), sponsored by Raytheon. A key finding of the study is that companies using MSSPs understand the primary benefits of leveraging external expertise. MSSPs are gaining in popularity by providing such services as security information and event management (SIEM), network security management (NSM), endpoint detection and response (EDR), incident response, forensics, proactive threat hunting and more.

Why Companies Need BCM Before They Have a Data Breach
June 15, 2016, 9:00 am

By Dr. Larry Ponemon, Chairman and Founder, Ponemon Institute

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study: The Impact of Business Continuity Management (BCM), in partnership with IBM.  This year we studied how organizations are using BCM in 12 different countries, 383 companies across 16 industries.

According to the research, BCM programs can reduce the per capita cost of data breach, the mean time to identify and contain a data breach and the likelihood of experiencing such an incident over the next two years. 


Nearly 90 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Suffer Data Breaches, New Ponemon Study Shows
May 12, 2016, 9:10 am

Nearly 90 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Suffer Data Breaches, New Ponemon Study Shows

New Ponemon Study on Malware Detection & Prevention Released
March 18, 2016, 10:00 am

The State of Malware Detection & Prevention sponsored by Cyphort reveals the difficulty of preventing and detecting malware and advanced threats. The IT function also seems to lack the information and intelligence necessary to update senior executives on cybersecurity risks.

Healthcare organizations are in the cross hairs of cyber attackers
February 29, 2016, 12:00 am

The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Organizations in 2016, sponsored by ESET, found that on average, healthcare organizations represented in this study have experienced almost one cyber attack per month over the past 12 months. Almost half (48 percent) of respondents say their organizations have experienced an incident involving the loss or exposure of patient information during this same period, but 26 percent of respondents are unsure. 

The Second Annual Study on Exchanging Cyber Threat Intelligence: There Has to Be a Better Way
November 4, 2015, 12:00 am

We are pleased to let you know about our latest study on intelligence sharing. The Second Annual Study on Exchanging Cyber Threat Intelligence: There Has to Be a Better Way reveals interesting trends in how organizations are participating in initiatives or programs for exchanging threat intelligence with peers, industry groups, IT vendors and government. According to the 692 IT and IT security practitioners surveyed, there is more recognition that the exchange of threat intelligence can improve an organization’s security posture and situational awareness. However, concerns about trust in the sources of intelligence and timeliness of the information continue to be a deterrent to participation in such initiatives.

Forty-seven percent of respondents say their organization had a material security breach that involved an attack that compromised the networks or enterprise systems. This attack could have been external (i.e. hacker), internal (i.e. malicious insider) or both. Most respondents (65 percent) say threat intelligence could have prevented or minimized the consequences of the attack.

Following are key research takeaways:

Threat intelligence is essential for a strong security posture. Seventy-five percent of respondents, who are familiar and involved in their company’s cyber threat intelligence activities or process, believe gathering and using threat intelligence is essential to a strong security posture.

Potential liability and lack of trust in sources of intelligence, keep some organizations from participating. Organizations that only partially participate cite potential liability of sharing (62 percent of respondents) and lack of trust in the sources of intelligence (60 percent of respondents). However, more respondents believe there is a benefit to exchanging threat intelligence.

Organizations rely upon peers and security vendors for threat intelligence. Sixty-five percent of respondents say they engage in informal peer-to-peer exchange of information or through a vendor threat exchange service (45 percent of respondents). IT vendors and peers are also considered to provide the most actionable information. Law enforcement or government officials are not often used as a source for threat intelligence.

Threat intelligence needs to be timely and easy to prioritize. Sixty-six percent of respondents who are only somewhat or not satisfied with current approaches say it is because the information is not timely and 46 percent complain the information is not categorized according to threat type or attacker.

Organizations are moving to a centralized program controlled by a dedicated team.  A huge barrier to effective collaboration in the exchange of threat intelligence is the existence of silos. Centralizing control over the exchange of threat intelligence is becoming more prevalent and might address the silo problem.

We hope you will download the full report.

Warmest regards,

 Dr. Larry Ponemon

Advanced Threat Detection with Machine-Generated Intelligence
October 28, 2015, 10:00 am

Companies are losing traction in the fight to identify and prevent advanced persistent threats (APTs) mainly because threat intelligence is often inaccurate or incomplete. The IT security practitioners in our latest study, Advanced Threat Detection with Machine-Generated Intelligence, believe better intelligence could have stopped an average of five security breaches their company had in the past two years. The good news is machine-generated intelligence provided by near-real-time technologies can improve threat detection and the ability to determine baseline or “normal behavior” in order to detect abnormal behavior.  According to participants in our research, machine-generated intelligence solutions will make threat intelligence more actionable and useful.  We hope you will read our latest study sponsored by Prelert, Advanced Threat Detection with Machine-Generated Intelligence, which looks at the state of advanced threat detection in companies, technologies deployed to detect advanced threats and the value of machine-generated intelligence.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Larry Ponemon

What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You: A Study of the Risk from Application Access and Usage
September 29, 2015, 12:00 am

Companies and their employees are becoming increasingly dependent upon applications to achieve business goals and increase productivity. However, the proliferation of applications is creating a serious security risk because identifying users’ risky behavior and non-compliance with policies can be nearly impossible. The typical organization now collects and stores a vast amount of customer data. In addition, the large number of employees accessing applications makes it difficult for organizations to keep track of exactly “who’s doing what”. 

What Erodes Trust in Digital Brands?
August 26, 2015, 6:00 am

What Erodes Trust in Digital Brands?

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