SSN News Poll: Readers weigh in on cyber trends

60 percent of respondents see end users budgeting more for cyber
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

YARMOUTH, Maine—The Security Industry Association recently released a benchmarking study that outlined potential cyber risks and the emerging technologies that could help protect systems. Security Systems News’ readers shared some of their opinions on end user attitudes and rising threats that were outlined in the report.

Sixty percent of poll respondents said that they are seeing end users budgeting more for cyber risks and cybersecurity. Ten percent said that they are seeing a small increase, while 30 percent said that end users are not yet budgeting.

When it comes to risks, 80 percent predict that attacks through partners, customers and vendors will be a main concern in the future. An additional 20 percent are keeping their eyes on the supply chain.

“With more and more IOT items people are paving more ways into their network. Some of the biggest concerns are when vendors have ways into a client system but the client has no control over how the vendor manages their network; software; etc.,” one respondent wrote.

Behavioral analytics stand to help reduce cyber risks in the future, according to half of all respondents. Thirty percent pointed to smart grid technologies, while the remaining 20 percent said that deception technologies are most likely to help.

“The industry is suffering a skills gap and one wherein those experts we need are ill-informed about how IT must take a lead role in defining key objectives. Also, we are not looking into the future to see how assumptions can be made (e.g. identity management),” one reader said.