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UK Falls Below Global Cyber Security Confidence

The UK falls below the global confidence in ability to accurately assess cyber risk.

A survey has revealed that the UK falls below the global confidence in ability to accurately assess cyber risk, which has dropped 12 percentage points over 2016.

According to Tenable Network Security’s Global cybersecurity assurance report card for 2017, the world’s information security professionals gave global cyber-readiness a C-average with a score of just 70%.

The scorecard is based on a poll of 700 security practitioners in nine countries and across seven industry verticals to eventually calculate a score that reflects overall confidence in the world’s cyber defences.

In the UK confidence among respondents in their organisation’s ability to assess risks has taken a significant knock, falling from 73% to 59%. Security assurance has also dropped from 74% to 73%. Altogether this gives the UK an overall score of just 66% - a D grade.

Respondents cited the overwhelming cyber threat environment as the single biggest challenge facing IT security professionals today.

Low security awareness amongst employees followed closely, and lack of network visibility due to Bring your own device (BYOD) practices.

Strategist at Tenable Network Security, Cris Thomas, said: “Today’s network is constantly changing – mobile devices, cloud, internet of things, web apps, containers, virtual machines – and the data indicates that a lot of organisations lack the visibility they need to feel confident in their security posture.

“It’s pretty clear that newer technologies such as DevOps and containers contributed to driving the overall score down, but the real story isn’t just one or two things that need improvement, it’s that everything needs improvement,.”

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