A new study commissioned by Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) in partnership with Ponemon Institute reveals CISOs foresee cyber terrorism and cybercrime posing significant risks to their organizations over the next three years. The Global Megatrends in Cybersecurity 2015 survey of 1,006 cyber security CIOs, CISOs and senior IT leaders also found a lack of resources and a critical disconnect between CISOs and senior leadership are preventing companies from addressing the growing cybersecurity threats. A majority of respondents (78 percent) said their Board of Directors has not been briefed on their organization's cybersecurity strategy in the last 12 months. In addition, 66 percent of respondents believe senior leaders in their organization do not perceive cybersecurity as a strategic priority.
"You don't have to wait until you're attacked to take cybersecurity seriously," said Jack Harrington, vice president of cybersecurity and special missions at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "From the board room to the President's desk, rallying around the cybersecurity issue is critical to address the real threats we face as a global society.
Among the findings were also some signs of optimism, as a majority of those surveyed believe cybersecurity awareness through training will improve over the next three years. The survey of information security professionals from across the globe further indicated that most security professionals expect their organization's cyber posture to improve during that same timeframe.
"High-profile cybersecurity breaches are closing the gap between CISOs and CEOs by forcing meaningful security discussions into corner offices and boardrooms," said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of Ponemon Institute. "In the meantime, our study found there is still a large delta between resources and needs, as security leaders lack both funding and manpower to adequately protect assets and infrastructure."
Key findings include:
The survey, released in partnership with Ponemon Institute, also studied international cyber trends that are anticipated by security professionals in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, including the U.K., over the next three years.
Source: Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)
Date: Feb 19, 2015