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U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey 2015

Jul 15, 2015

Cybercrime remains a clear and present danger according to the latest findings from the 2015 U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey, released by CSO, PwC, the U.S. Secret Service, and the CERT Division of Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

The 2015 research found that the number of security incidents continues to surge. Additionally, organizations are still playing catch-up to combat cyber criminals. This study dives deep into the origins, effects, and causes of cybercrime in the U.S.

Key Findings include:

  • Concern about cybersecurity grew exponentially from last year (59% more concerned) to this year (76% more concerned).
  • The most effective technologies in detecting/countering security events included: firewalls, SPAM filtering, networked-based anti-virus, electronic access control system, and the use of complex passwords.
  • As the government steps in to provide rules and regulations, information sharing takes center stage as a key step in combatting cybercrime. However, half (50%) of respondents still do not participate in programs designed to share security information.
  • Supply chains are at risk. The leading identified risk to the supply chain was third party vendors at 62%. Yet the C-suite does not share this same concern in regards to the supply chain risk, as only 19% of CIOs and 19% of CFOs, COOs, and CFOs are concerned about the supply chain.
  • Cyberthreats are among the most significant business risks facing organizations today—and boards of directors are now held accountable. However, 28% of boards are not briefed on cybercrime.

Results are based on more than 500 U.S. executives, security experts, and others from the private and public sectors that responded to the survey questions.

An on-demand webcast highlighting the results of the survey can also be viewed here.
To view the infographic of the research, click here.

For more information on this study, view the excerpt below. To request a meeting with an IDG Enterprise sales executive to walk through the full study, please complete the form below.


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