CISOs' Confidence In Post-Pandemic Security Landscape Fades
HelpNet Security, Friday, May 12,2023
May 19, 2023,
Volume 302, Issue 3

Most CISOs have returned to the elevated concerns they experienced early in the pandemic, according to Proofpoint.

Globally, 68% of surveyed CISOs feel at risk of a material cyber attack, compared to 48% the year before, when they may have felt a brief sense of calm after successfully navigating the chaos of the pandemic.

This year's data represents a shift back to 2021, when nearly two thirds of CISOs believed a material attack was imminent. It's notable that UK CISOs feel most at risk globally (84%) in 2023, compared to 60% last year and 81% in 2021.

While organizations have largely overcome the disruptions of the last two years, the effects of the Great Resignation and employee turnover continue to linger, exacerbated by the recent wave of mass layoffs-It's interesting to see that 73% of CISOs believe they have adequate data protection in place yet 74% of UK security leaders had to deal with the loss of sensitive information in the past 12 months.

There is a trend to these data loss events also, as 84% of UK CISOs say that employees leaving the organization played a role in a data spill.

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