New Ponemon Report: Too Many Organizations Don’t Have a Plan to Respond to Incidents

When a cyberattack occurs, most organizations are unprepared and do not have a consistent incident response plan.

That’s the major takeaway from our third annual “Cyber Resilient Organization” study, conducted by the Ponemon Institute. The study revealed that 77 percent of respondents still lack a formal cybersecurity incident response plan (CSIRP) that is applied consistently across the organization, a figure that is largely unchanged from the previous year’s study.

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Incident Response Preparedness Lags Despite Growing Confidence in Cyber Resilience

Despite this, organizations reported feeling much more cyber-resilient than they did last year. Seventy-two percent said as much, which is a notable increase from just over half of respondents who said they felt more cyber-resilient the previous year.

Digging deeper into the data, however, that feeling may not be accurate. The following findings from the Ponemon study paint a different picture:

  • Fifty-seven percent of respondents said the time to resolve an incident has increased.
  • Only 29 percent reported having the ideal staffing level.
  • Just 31 percent reported having the proper budget for cyber resilience.
  • Lack of investment in important tools such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning was ranked as the biggest barrier to cyber resilience.

Investing in Incident Response to Improve Cyber Resilience

It’s imperative that organizations address these challenges in 2018. Cyberattacks can have large costs associations, such as with WannaCry and NotPetya, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is quickly approaching. Not only do organizations lack a consistent incident response plan — a GDPR requirement — but most reported low levels of confidence in complying with GDPR.

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Based on the findings of the Ponemon report, organizations can improve their cyber resilience by arming employees with the most modern tools available to aid their work, such as AI and machine learning. Implementing a strategy that orchestrates human intelligence with these tools can help organizations create effective incident response plans.

To learn more about the full results of the Ponemon report, download “The Third Annual Study on the Cyber Resilient Organization” and watch the on-demand webinar: “Growing Your Organization’s Cyber Resilience in 2018.”

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Ted Julian

VP Product Management and Co-Founder of Resilient, IBM

Ted Julian is a well-known, highly regarded figure in the security and compliance markets. Over the last 12 years, he...