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Ninety-Four Percent of Organizations Have Experienced At Least One Business-Impacting Cyberattack in the Past 12 Months, According to New Industry Study

August 5, 2020

Columbia, MD

Yet only four out of 10 security leaders can answer the question, “How secure, or at risk, are we?”

Tenable®, Inc., the Cyber Exposure company, published a global industry study that revealed the vast majority of organizations (94%) have experienced a business-impacting cyberattack in the past 12 months, according to both business and security executives. The data is drawn from ‘The Rise of the Business-Aligned Security Executive,’ a commissioned study of more than 800 global business and cybersecurity leaders conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Tenable.

Business leaders want a clear picture of how at risk they are and how that risk is changing as they plan and execute business strategies. But only four out of 10 security leaders say they can answer the fundamental question, “How secure, or at risk, are we?” with a high level of confidence, despite the prevalence of business-impacting cyberattacks. Fewer than 50% of security leaders said they are framing cybersecurity threats within the context of a specific business risk. For example, though 96% of respondents had developed response strategies to the COVID-19 pandemic, 75% of business and security leaders admitted their response strategies were only “somewhat” aligned.

Organizations with security and business leaders who are aligned in measuring and managing cybersecurity as a strategic business risk deliver demonstrable results. Compared to their siloed peers, business-aligned security leaders are:

  • Eight times more likely to be highly confident in their ability to report on their organizations’ level of security or risk.
    • 90% are very or completely confident in their ability to demonstrate that cybersecurity investments are positively impacting business performance compared with 55% of their siloed counterparts.
    • 85% have metrics to track cybersecurity ROI and impact on business performance versus just 25% of their siloed peers.
  • Organizations with business-aligned cybersecurity leaders are also:
    • Three times more likely to ensure cybersecurity objectives are in lock step with business priorities.
    • Three times more likely to have a holistic understanding of their organization’s entire attack surface.
    • Three times more likely to use a combination of asset criticality and vulnerability data when prioritizing remediation efforts.

“In the future, there will be two kinds of CISO -- those who align themselves directly with the business and everyone else. The only way to thrive in this era of digital acceleration is to bring cyber into every business question, decision and investment,” said Renaud Deraison, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, Tenable. “We believe this study shows that forward-leaning organizations view cybersecurity strategy as essential to innovation and that when security and the business work hand-in-glove, the results can be transformational.”

Note to Editors:

  • Forrester Consulting conducted an online survey of 416 security and 425 business executives, as well as telephonic interviews with five business and security executives, to examine cybersecurity strategies and practices at midsize to large enterprises in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the UK and the US. The study was fielded in April 2020.
  • “Business-impacting” relates to a cyberattack or compromise that results in a loss of customer, employee, or other confidential data; interruption of day-to-day operations; ransomware payout; financial loss or theft; and/or theft of intellectual property.

To read the full study, visit https://www.tenable.com/analyst-research/forrester-cyber-risk-report-2020.

About Tenable

Tenable®, Inc. is the Cyber Exposure company. Over 30,000 organizations around the globe rely on Tenable to understand and reduce cyber risk. As the creator of Nessus®, Tenable extended its expertise in vulnerabilities to deliver the world’s first platform to see and secure any digital asset on any computing platform. Tenable customers include more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500, more than 30 percent of the Global 2000 and large government agencies. Learn more at www.tenable.com.

Contact Information:

Cayla Baker
Tenable
[email protected]
443-545-2102, x 1544

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