Information Technology Leaders Feel Ill-Equipped to Handle Escalating Cyberattacks

While the frequency and severity of cyberattacks against organizations are on the rise, a majority of information technology (IT) leaders do not feel confident in their leaderships’ ability to leverage intelligence that can predict a cyber vulnerability and effectively combat threats, according to a new survey commissioned by Lockheed Martin.

A majority of survey respondents noted an increase in the severity (75 percent) and frequency (68 percent) of cyberattacks, but feared that they don’t have the budget (64 percent) or the expert personnel (65 percent) to address the threats.

“This survey illuminates areas of concern about cyber readiness across government and critical infrastructure industries,” said Guy Delp, director of cybersecurity and advanced analytics for Lockheed Martin. “The results highlight that the challenges in this domain are universal across both industry and government, and therefore our response needs to be equally holistic. The adoption of Intelligence-Driven Defense techniques is critical to ensuring that not only IT officers, but also chief executives, boards of directors and customers have confidence in the security of their information.”

Other key findings include:

“Compliance was rated the top cybersecurity business priority by the survey respondents,” added Delp. “Though somewhat surprising, it is a tell-tale sign that organizations feel the pressure to meet industry security compliance requirements. While satisfying compliance standards is important, organizations should view it as a foundation on which to build a more comprehensive security posture.”

The Intelligence-Driven Defense survey was independently conducted in November by data security research group Ponemon Institute. It polled 678 U.S.-based senior IT practitioners from a variety of sectors, including financial services, the federal government, healthcare, utilities, energy, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. The margin of error for survey questions ranged from ± 1.1 percent to ± 6.3 percent, with an overall average of ± 3.8 percent.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

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