If you’re a CEO what keeps you up at night?
According to a new study by Forcepoint, the fear of falling victim to a major cyber security breach and making headlines is interfering with the ZZZ’s.
But strangely enough, only half of those worried about the threat have a cybersecurity strategy in place.
The study from cybersecurity company Forcepoint along with WSJ Intelligence interviewed 200 senior executives from a range of industries to determine the the most pressing cybersecurity issues and areas of disconnect for business and security leaders.
Even though (87 percent) believing are confidant that their security team is one step ahead of cybersecurity threats, the fear is still prevalent.
According to Forcepoint, cybersecurity strategies are perceived by 85 percent of executives as a major impetus for digital transformation, though 66 percent recognize the increased organizational exposure to cyber threats because of digitization. Unfortunately, just 46 percent of leaders regularly update and review their cybersecurity strategies.
“When more than 89 percent of leaders believe their teams are more cyber-aware than ever, it’s not surprising to hear executives are losing sleep over their cybersecurity posture today because they know the stakes to their business are so high,” says Nicolas Fischbach, global CTO of Forcepoint. “At a time when cybersecurity is more strategic to business growth than ever before, it is time senior business and security leaders reassess their cybersecurity strategy to one that enables them to move left of breach. Leader companies understand that behavior-based technologies are the modern cybersecurity path forward and those that get cybersecurity right today will see this be a key competitive differentiator for their business in the years ahead.”
The report also highlights a clear divide between CEOs and CISOs in how they approach cybersecurity best practices for their business. CEOs prefer to be proactive and risk-focused (58 percent), prioritizing maintenance of business stability above all. While more than half of CISOs (54 percent) embrace a more reactive, incident-driven approach to mitigating today’s dynamic cybersecurity threat landscape.
For more detail see the full report which is available from the Forcepoint site.
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