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Ponemon Institute is pleased to announce the release of Flipping the Economics of Attacks, sponsored by Palo Alto Networks. In this study, we look at the relationships between the time spent and compensation of today’s adversaries and how organizations can thwart attacks. As revealed in this research, while some attackers may be motivated by non-pecuniary reasons, such as those that are geopolitical or reputational, an average of 69 percent of respondents say they are in it for the money.


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Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security
March 26, 2014, 12:00 am

The Fourth Annual Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security, sponsored by ID Experts, reveals new and expanded threats to the security and privacy of patient information in the U.S. healthcare system. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is seen as a contributing factor because of the documented insecure websites, databases and health information exchanges that are highly vulnerable to insider and outsider threats. While the total number of data breaches has declined slightly over previous years, almost every healthcare organization represented in this research had a data breach. The study also found that healthcare organizations continue to struggle to comply with increasing complex federal and state privacy and security regulations.

The complete study is available for download.

2014 Best Schools For Cybersecurity
February 28, 2014, 12:00 am

Ponemon Institute’s research has consistently revealed that one of the major barriers to achieving a strong security posture is the dearth of trained and skilled security professionals. To bring attention to this rising crisis in recruiting and retaining highly skilled professionals in IT security, HP commissioned Ponemon Institute to conduct two studies on the issues of cybersecurity education and IT security hiring practices in organizations.

Understaffed and at Risk: Today’s IT Security Department
February 24, 2014, 12:00 am

Understaffed and at Risk: Today’s IT Security Department was conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by HP Enterprise Security to understand the current state of staffing today’s IT security department.

Threat Intelligence & Incident Response: A Study of U.S and EMEA Organizations
February 19, 2014, 12:00 am

Sponsored by AccessData, we are pleased to present the findings of Threat Intelligence & Incident Response: A Study of U.S and EMEA Organizations.

When a cyber attack or other security incident occurs, CISOs and their security teams must be able to explain the details of the incident to senior management. Often without being given the time to gather the necessary intelligence to provide an accurate assessment of the problem.

Achieving Security in Workplace File Sharing
January 29, 2014, 9:00 am

Sponsored by Axway Corporation, we are pleased to present the findings of Achieving Security in Workplace File Sharing.  The study focuses on the practice of public cloud file sharing in the workplace, threats to corporate information and features most desirable in achieving security in the sharing of files and documents. 

Cyber Security Incident Response: Are we as prepared as we think?
January 27, 2014, 12:00 am

We are please to present Cyber Security Incident Response: Are we as prepared as we think?, sponsored by Lancope. In this study, we surveyed 674 IT and IT security professionals in the United States (n=357) and the United Kingdom (n=317) in order to determine the level of preparedness of their Computer Security Incident Response Teams. To ensure knowledgeable responses, all participants in this research have some level of familiarity and involvement with their organization’s CSIRT activities.

The complete report is available for download

Risks & Rewards of Online & Mobile Health Services: Consumer Attitudes Explored
January 23, 2014, 12:00 am

Sponsored by Experian® Data Breach Resolution, Risks & Rewards of Online & Mobile Health Services: Consumer Attitudes Explored, examines consumers’ perceptions about sharing their personal information when using online health services and mobile apps. It also reveals the practices believed to be important to protecting personal health information from a possible data breach.

2013 Cost of Data Center Outages
December 18, 2013, 12:00 am

Ponemon Institute and Emerson Network Power are pleased to present the results of the 2013 Cost of Data Center Outages. First conducted in 2010, the purpose of this benchmark study is to determine the full economic cost of unplanned data center outages and is the second study in a two-part research series on the topic of data center outages.

2013 Cybersecurity Salary Benchmarking Report
November 19, 2013, 5:12 pm

The 2013 Cybersecurity Salary Benchmarking Report is now available. The number one reason security professionals leave an organization is due to compensation. Security teams and HR professionals need salary benchmarking information to retain key staff and make offers to new team member. Based on this need we developed the 2013 Cybersecurity Salary Benchmarking Report, giving managers the information needed to:

* Compare staff compensation to industry averages
* Retain top talent
* Make competitive offers to new team members
* Increase staff budgets
* Avoid vulnerabilities that result from staffing shortages

"In past years, organizations have commissioned us to produce salary studies for their own knowledge. We are now making this comprehensive report available to all organizations through SecureWorld Insight, a partnership with Ponemon Institute and SecureWorld Expo. As the market for top quality IT security professions gets more competitive, this information becomes increasingly important to assure proper staff budgets and to avoid vulnerabilities that result from unfilled roles." - Dr. Ponemon.
The Compensation and Role of Security Teams report is now available for purchase at

Most Trusted Retail Banks for Privacy
October 23, 2013, 9:00 am

The 2013 study represents the tenth year Ponemon Institute has conducted its
Privacy Trust Study for Retail Banking. This annual survey-based research series
asks consumers to indicate how secure and confident they feel when sharing their
personal information with their primary banking institutions. (Click to download research briefing)

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