CNS Group, an independent UK cyber security consultancy, has today announced the results of its 2016 Incident Response Survey. Carried out at IP Expo 2016, the survey raises concerns about the confidence of IT professionals in their security incident response plans and the impact of this upon their organisations. Twenty-six percent of respondents were fairly unconfident or not very confident in their organisation’s security incident response plan. Despite this continued lack of confidence, respondents understood the significant impact of a breach upon their organisations with reputational damage topping the list (56 percent), loss of system availability (13 percent), compliance issues (11 percent), loss of IP (nine percent), remediation costs (nine percent) and other (two percent).
In response to these findings, CNS Group is launching its CNS Cyber Rescue Line, a dedicated incident response helpline for organisations that suffer a breach. The help line directly connects organisations that are experiencing an attack with an incident response expert, who can provide them with rapid, practical remediation advice as well as best practices for breach prevention – helping organisations to learn from a breach and improve their long term security posture. The service will be available to anyone that signs up to the CNS Group CERT service.
Having a comprehensive incident response plan is crucial for any size or type of organisation. So why do some organisations still not have an incident response plan in place?
- 38 percent: Lack of awareness within organisations
- 23 percent: Lack of resources
- 18 percent: Lack of skills or expertise
- 12 percent: Lack of budget
- Nine percent: Other
- Five percent: Lack of time
The research also asked IT professionals to identity the benefits of an incident response service. Over a quarter welcomed the 24/7 support (29 percent) and peace of mind (28 percent). This was followed by knowledge and expertise (19 percent), having a dedicated response team (13 percent), a bespoke incident response plan (9 percent) and other (2 percent).
“If the worst happens we are here to help organisations get back to business as usual as quickly and painlessly as possible. But just waiting for a breach to happen is not good enough. This survey shows the importance of taking a proactive approach to cyber security,” said Shannon Simpson, CEO, CNS Group. “Having a dedicated response team, able to provide 24/7 support gives organisations greater assurance and reduces the time and money they need to spend securing their networks.”