SANTA CLARA, Calif., and WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2015 – A new global study, Governance of Cybersecurity: 2015 Report, developed by the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) and supported by Forbes, the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), and Palo Alto Networks, reveals that there has been a dramatic increase in the attention that boards and executives are paying to cybersecurity risk management.
The survey polled board directors and executives from Forbes Global 2000 companies, and the report compares survey results from three previous surveys conducted in 2008, 2010, and 2012.
CYBER GOVERNANCE DRAMATICALLY IMPACTING BOARD EFFORTS
The survey results indicate that, since 2008, boards and executives have been making concerted efforts to address cyber risks. Highlights of the 2015 survey and comparisons against previous survey results include:
“More companies than ever before, including the financial services industry, consider cybersecurity threats a major executive-level problem and are taking significant steps to protect their customers and their businesses,” said FSR president and CEO Tim Pawlenty.
“The 2015 Governance of Cybersecurity report clearly reflects a sea change from the attention boards were paying to cybersecurity issues in the 2008, 2010, and 2012 surveys,” said Jody Westby, author of the series of survey reports and CEO of Global Cyber Risk, LLC and adjunct professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. “This report shows that, for the first time, directors and officers understand they have a fiduciary duty to protect the digital assets of their companies and are paying more than cursory attention to cyber risks; it is a welcome change that will help protect shareholders and customers.”
“It’s excellent to see that corporate executives are dramatically increasing efforts to manage cyber risks. Establishing an appropriate dialogue between technical experts and the executives who can prioritize resources is essential to effectively secure an organization. However, this increased attention must be coupled with appropriate action to apply the right combination of people, technology and processes to secure computing environments; this starts with establishing a breach prevention mindset. This study provides a basis for organizations around the globe to start having more discussions on just how to achieve this,” said Ryan Gillis, vice president of Cybersecurity Strategy and Global Policy at Palo Alto Networks.
SECTOR AND GEOGRAPHY STATS SHOW GLOBAL IMPROVEMENTS
The 2015 report compares survey results across critical infrastructure sectors and geographic regions and indicates that all industry sectors increased attention to cyber issues at the board and executive levels. Key findings include:
More detailed financial industry findings can be found in the Financial Services Roundtable press release.
TREMENDOUS PROGRESS STILL LEAVES ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
There is still room for improvement; the study shows key challenges remain in some critical areas:
LIVE BROADCAST TODAY FOCUSES ON CYBERSECURITY GOVERNANCE AND STUDY
Cybersecurity governance is the focus of an FSR panel discussion today at 12 p.m. ET.
For more information about the panel, and to access a livestream, visit: http://livestream.com/FSRoundtable/CorporateCyberFC15.
For a full copy of the GTISC Governance of Cybersecurity: 2015 Report, visit: http://www.paloaltonetworks.com/resources/techbriefs/governance-of-cybersecurity.html
For additional insights, visit the Palo Alto Networks Research Center blog:
ABOUT THE FINANCIAL SERVICES ROUNDTABLE
The Financial Services Roundtable represents the largest integrated financial services companies providing banking, insurance, payment and investment products and services to the American consumer. Member companies participate through the Chief Executive Officer and other senior executives nominated by the CEO. FSR member companies provide fuel for America's economic engine, accounting for $92.7 trillion in managed assets, $1.2 trillion in revenue, and 2.3 million jobs. Learn more at www.FSRoundtable.org.
ABOUT GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY and GTISC
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology is a leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Ranked as the #7 best public university, Georgia Tech provides a focused, technologically based education to more than 21,500 undergraduate and graduate students. GTISC was established in 1998, when Georgia Tech hosted the Sam Nunn Policy Forum. Developed from Senator Nunn’s concept of educating citizens about important issues, the focus of the forum was the critical and strategic role of information security to the business community, to private citizens, and to all levels of government. Jody Westby is an Adjunct Professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Computer Science and affiliated with GTISC. https://www.gtisc.gatech.edu/
ABOUT PALO ALTO NETWORKS
Palo Alto Networks is the next-generation security company, leading a new era in cybersecurity by safely enabling applications and preventing cyber breaches for tens of thousands of organizations worldwide. Built with an innovative approach and highly differentiated cyberthreat prevention capabilities, our game-changing security platform delivers security far superior to legacy or point products, safely enables daily business operations, and protects an organization’s most valuable assets. Find out more at www.paloaltonetworks.com.
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