- Organizations that proactively test their security capabilities
are 2.5 times more likely to maintain business resiliency
- Integrated technology with high levels of automation increases
productivity and improves threat detection capabilities by more
than 40 percent
- The Asia Pacific, Japan and China (APJC) region leads in both zero trust
and secure access service edge (SASE) adoption globally
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 7, 2021 /CNW/ -- Today, Cisco
released its latest cybersecurity report, Security
Outcomes Study Volume 2, surveying more than 5,100 security
and privacy professionals across 27
markets to determine the most impactful measures
teams can take to defend their organizations against the
evolving threat landscape. Respondents shared
their approaches to updating and integrating their
security architecture, detecting and responding to
threats and staying resilient when disaster strikes.
Cisco's Security Outcomes Study, Volume 2 takes the guesswork out
of prioritizing security strategies and technologies
Last year's study revealed that five practices had an outsized
influence on the overall health of an organization's security
program. These include proactively refreshing outdated technology;
well-integrated security technologies; timely incident response;
prompt disaster recovery; and investing in accurate threat
detection capabilities. This year's study analyzed those top five
practices more closely to identify success factors. Highlights of
these findings include:
Updating and Integrating Architecture
- Investing in a proactive technology refresh strategy is more
important than ever, as on average 39 percent of security
technologies used by organizations are considered outdated.
Unsurprisingly, organizations with cloud-based architectures are
more than twice as likely to refresh than those with more outdated,
- Organizations with integrated technologies are seven times more
likely to achieve high levels of process automation. Additionally,
these organizations boast more than 40 percent stronger threat
- More than 75 percent of security operations programs that do
not have strong staffing resources are still able to achieve robust
capabilities through high levels of automation. Automation more
than doubles the performance of less experienced staff, supporting
organizations through skills and labor shortages.
Detecting and Responding to Threats
- The value of cloud-based security architectures cannot be
understated. Organizations that claim to have mature
implementations of Zero Trust or Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)
architectures are 35 percent more likely to report strong security
operations than those with nascent implementations.
- Organizations that leverage threat intelligence move twice as
fast to repair damage caused by security threats, than
organizations that do not use threat intelligence.
Staying Resilient When Disaster Strikes
- As the threat landscape continues to evolve, testing business
continuity and disaster recovery capabilities regularly and in
multiple ways is paramount, with proactive organizations 2.5 times
more likely to maintain business resiliency.
- Organizations with board-level oversight of business continuity
and disaster recovery efforts that have operations residing within
cybersecurity teams perform best.
"With the shift to hybrid work, organizations are grappling with
the increased complexity of securing a distributed workforce," said
Shailaja Shankar, SVP and GM of Cisco's Security Business Group.
"At the same time, they are also dealing with limited staff and
budget constraints, so it's critical for organizations to invest in
innovative technologies and security practices. Cisco's Security
Outcomes Study, Volume 2 takes the guesswork out of prioritizing
security strategies and technologies. By investing in cloud-based,
integrated security architectures with high automation,
practitioners can respond to threats faster, so they can focus on
enabling the business and keeping users safe."
To learn more, visit cisco.com/go/SecurityOutcomes2. Join the
conversation using #SecurityOutcomes.
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