SolarWinds: Most Organizations Have Suffered a ‘Significant Attack’
A new SolarWinds (SWI) survey of 312 North American IT professionals revealed 84 percent of respondents ranked their organizations’ security above average. However, 82 percent of respondents said their organizations have suffered a “significant attack.” (SolarWinds is the parent company of remote monitoring and management company N-able.)
The results of SolarWinds’ “Information Security Confidence Survey,” which were released today, also showed that many IT professionals are confident about their organizations’ security, but widespread adherence to security best practices is lacking and significant in many organizations.
“Organizations are taking positive steps toward improving their information security; most notably in terms of budget and resources,” Mav Turner, SolarWinds’ director of security, said in a prepared statement. “It’s important, however, to never fall into the trap of over-confidence. IT pros should do everything they can to ensure the best defenses possible, but never actually think they’ve done everything they can.”
Other survey results included:
- 87 percent of respondents said their IT departments currently have sufficient resources to keep their organizations secure.
- 74 percent said their departments’ security budgets increased from last year to this year.
- 47 percent said their IT departments tightly integrate security and other IT processes and operations.
- Nearly 40 percent said their organizations either do not have defined security best practices, or if they have them, do not regularly follow them.
- 30 percent said they do not believe their organizations are targets for attacks, and 27 percent said they feel they are at low risk of a successful attack.
Survey researchers collected results last month from North American IT professionals at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
CISOs expect cloud security budgets to increase
The cloud could play a big role in how managed service providers (MSPs) help their SMB customers protect their sensitive information, which is reflected in recent data.
An IBM (IBM) study that was released earlier this month revealed 75 percent of chief information security officers (CISOs) said they expect their cloud security budgets to increase dramatically over the next three to five years.
IBM researchers also pointed out that 86 percent CISOs said their organizations are now moving to the cloud, a shift that could take place across many organizations over the next few years.
“As we move into the cloud, businesses must have a single line of sight into their whole business so they can identify potential security events, assess threat levels and have the capabilities in place to respond quickly,” an IBM spokesperson told MSPmentor.
This research firm in September said it expects managed security services market revenues to increase from $1.81 billion last year to $3.25 billion by 2018.