Only 25% of directors are actively involved in reviewing security and privacy risks

PWC Global State of Information Security 2015 Survey

PWC Global State of Information Security 2015 Survey

PwC’s 2015 Global State of Information Security Survey reveals that 50% of organisations now have cyber insurance to protect themselves against cyber risks and the misuse of personal data.

This statistic supports the commonly accepted view that cyber risks will only continue to increase in potency and impact. In fact, the number of respondents that reported losses of USD$20 million or more almost doubled over 2013.

The study also shows, however, that in some instances information security programmes have weakened due to inadequate investments. At the same time, the financial costs of investigating and mitigating incidents has grown year-on-year.

The survey highlights the fact that small and medium-sized organisations are not spending on security: “Companies with revenues less than $100 million reduced security investments by 20% over 2013.”

Furthermore, security spending as a percentage of the total IT budget has remained low, with no indications of lifting.

Prevent, protect, detect and respond

Disappointingly, boards of directors remain uninvolved in security decisions, with only 40% actively participating in determining the security budget. Furthermore, only 25% of boards participate in reviewing current security and privacy risks.

Despite ongoing evidence that employee risks and insider threats are among the most costly and damaging liabilities for organisations, there is a diminished commitment to employee training and staff awareness programmes.

The report warns that, as cyber threats escalate, organisations should implement processes and systems to prevent, protect, detect and respond to elevated threats.

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