63 Percent of IT Security Pros Say They Can't Protect Confidential Data

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According to the results of a recent survey of 4,880 global IT security professionals, 57 percent of respondents don't think their organization is protected from advanced cyber attacks, and 63 percent don't think they can prevent the exfiltration of confidential information (h/t SC Magazine).

The survey, entitled "Exposing the Cybersecurity Cracks: A Global Perspective," was sponsored by Websense and conducted by the Ponemon Institute.

Forty-four percent of the companies represented in the survey experienced one or more substantial cyber attacks in the past year, and 69 percent of respondents said they believe cyber security threats sometimes fall through the cracks of their companies' existing security systems.

Only 41 percent of respondents believe they have a good understanding of the threat landscape facing their company, and 35 percent of those who had lost sensitive or confidential data as a result of a cyber attack didn't know exactly what data had been stolen.

Forty-eight percent of respondents say their board-level executives have a sub-par understanding of security issues, and fully 80 percent of respondents say their companies' leaders don't equate losing confidential data with a potential loss of revenue.

"[A] majority of security professionals do not feel adequately armed to defend their organizations from threats," Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, said in a statement. "This challenge is further compounded by a perception that company leaders do not believe that data breaches will lead to loss of revenue. Our research has shown this is simply untrue."