New research indicates that a large majority of CEOs are resigned to the fact that their organisations will suffer a data breach of some type in the coming year. Depressing, but quite likely, considering the changes in malware, exploit developments and the general threat landscape. The IBM sponsored study carried out by the Ponemon Institute suggests the need for a radical rethink in the way businesses prioritise and plan their IT security strategies.
All of the respondents to the survey said that their companies had seen an attack at least once in the past year, with 77% saying they had endured a data breach at some point. As a result, 76% of the CEOs said that they now view reducing potential security flaws in their business-critical applications as the single most important aspect of their IT security plan.