60% Of Security Breaches Go Unreported

Apparently, more than half of security breaches don’t go unnoticed, but IT personnel don’t tell their bosses about them, according to a new study. Most IT staff will only tell about an attack unless it is perceived to be serious. This is where the discrepancies set in, because, according to the study the bosses and the IT staffs’ idea of a ‘serious’ attack are two different things. IT professionals tend to go by their gut, instead of looking at real figures. The highest stakeholders are kept out of the loop entirely until it’s too late. Another interesting fact brought up by the study is that 52% of American companies admitted that they were “not prepared at all” or “minimally prepared” for any sort of cyber-attack, and only 5% were completely confident in their security.


Source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/cyber-security-60-techies-dont-tell-bosses-about-breaches-unless-its-serious-1445072


7 thoughts on “60% Of Security Breaches Go Unreported

  1. I am not surprised that many attacks go unreported. I am surprised, however, that only 5% of companies trust their security. That is alarmingly low and should be an inspiration for computing security specialists to help these companies and do something to secure them.

  2. I am sure a lot of the IT personnel think they have solved the issue and feel it is no longer a problem which in many cases could be false.

  3. Keeping hacks unreported gives those at top a false sense of security. Just because IT thinks that the issue is not a big deal, it could definitely be a big deal for upper management and the company as a whole.

  4. It’s hard to believe that these statistics are true. It’s very concerning if they are though. If over 50% of American companies are only minimally prepared, they’re in for a rude awakening if any hacker turns their attention to the company.

  5. It’s kind of hard to know just how significant this statistic is without knowing what exactly a serious breach is, or what minimally prepared means. Alot of the terms are very nonspecific.

  6. It’s a pretty hard thing to put into perspective. It’s understandable that the people who see the breaches don’t want to report it to upper management as they might blow it out of proportion. This could be solved by having someone who is familiar in the field be in a position of management. 60% seems like an alarming amount of breaches, but it’s hard to quantify the severity of the breach as well.

  7. I don’t think that anyone should be completely confident in their security. There is always going to be a way around someone’s/something’s security, and thinking that your security can’t be breached just makes you that much more unprepared when something actually does happen.

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