September 18, 2021
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Organizations in India experiencing increase in cybersecurity attacks – ET CISO


Many organizations in India are experiencing an increase in cybersecurity attacks, with 32% of respondents indicating they had experienced more cyber-attacks than the year before, according to the State of Cybersecurity 2021 Part 2 survey report from ISACA.

The report examines cyber threat landscape trends, including frequency and type of attacks, confidence in cybersecurity teams and cybersecurity awareness initiatives, nuances related to security operations and reporting structure and cyber maturity as a business imperative.

Higher number of cyberattacks, but similar concerns

While respondents indicate that nearly 1 in 3 enterprises are getting attacked more, the most frequent types of attacks are similar to those faced in prior years, including Social engineering, Advanced persistent threat (APT), Ransomware, Unpatched system, Injection flaws, Broken authentication, and Sensitive data exposure.

According to the report, 29% of respondents say that their organization is likely to experience a cyber-attack in the next year. The report also indicates that 34% of the respondents feel organizations under-report cybercrime even if reporting is required.

While the report indicates that 74% of respondents conduct cyber risk assessment to ensure regulatory compliance, 69% also indicated that their organizations conduct cyber risk assessments to prevent data loss, demonstrating that many organizations recognize the importance of addressing this threat.

“With the increase in the number and rate of cyberattacks worldwide, cybersecurity professionals are facing a challenging threat landscape that requires constant vigilance,” says David Samuelson, ISACA CEO. “These survey findings illustrate just how essential it continues to be for the global cybersecurity community to actively keep up to date with best practices and training, and ensure their teams are well staffed to detect and respond to attacks.”

Cybersecurity team and leadership dynamics

When it comes to cybersecurity teams and leadership, the report findings revealed a strong preference to having a CISO at the helm, with 61% of respondents saying their cybersecurity teams report to the CISO compared to 16% reporting to the CIO. Additionally, 40% of those answering the survey noted that they believe cybersecurity training and awareness programs have had a positive impact on overall cybersecurity awareness in their organizations.



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