The annual CISO report was published by Proofpoint Inc, a major cyber compliance and security company revealing the pertinent issues faced by Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs).
This improved feeling of security stems from the ability to withstand the pandemic and not because of any physical improvement for facing risks. The report cites that around 50% of CISOs globally feel underprepared for a cyberattack, and 56% believe human mistakes to be the biggest cyber threat. The introduction of the Work from home setup and the great resignation is also posing new challenges.
The survey covers 3 important areas: the type of risk and kinds of cyber attacks encountered daily, the ability of organisations to face them, and finally the impact of a hybrid workforce. 1400 CISOs from 14 countries were surveyed to prepare this report.
For CISOs, 2021 was marked by attacks on high-profile users, which obstructed supply chains and urged law-making authorities across the globe to enact new cybersecurity laws. Security teams are working to protect the data left behind by those leaving the workforce from data leaks and insider threats.
Some key findings of the 2022 CISO report include:
- 48% of Organisations feel secure about their cyber security infrastructure compared to the 64% last year.
- Although there is no consensus, the most important threats include; insider threats at 31%, DDoS attacks at 30%, and finally, Ransomeware at 28%
- Inadequacy of skilled employees for cyber security.
- Lack of awareness among employees
- Ransomware attacks are driving top execs to adopt new strategies
- CISOs are confident, but the board of directors is insecure.
Experts warn CISOs to have a false sense of security and urge them always to be prepared for a data threat.