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Few Organizations Prepared to Defend Against Today’s Rapidly Evolving Threat Landscape

Few Organizations Prepared to Defend Against Today’s Rapidly Evolving Threat Landscape

According to Cisco, companies today continue to be targeted with a variety of techniques that range from phishing and ransomware to supply chain and social engineering attacks. And while they are building defenses against these attacks, they still struggle to defend against them, slowed down by their own overly complex security postures that are dominated by multiple point solutions. These challenges are compounded in today’s distributed working environments where data can be spread across limitless services, devices, applications and users.

Among the findings published in Cisco’s 30-page Cybersecurity Readiness Index, while 80% of companies feel moderately to very confident in their ability to defend against a cyberattack with their current infrastructure, this disparity between confidence and readiness suggests that companies may have misplaced confidence in their ability to navigate the threat landscape and may not be properly assessing the true scale of the challenges they face.

Underprepared and Overconfident

Overall, the Cisco study found that only three percent of companies are ready to tackle today’s threats, with two-thirds of organizations falling into the Beginner or Formative stages of readiness. In addition:

  • Future Cyber Incidents Expected: 73% of respondents said they expect a cybersecurity incident to disrupt their business in the next 12 to 24 months. The cost of being unprepared can be substantial, as 54% of respondents said they experienced a cybersecurity incident in the last 12 months, and 52% of those affected said it cost them at least $300,000.
  • Point Solution Overload: The traditional approach of adopting multiple cybersecurity point solutions has not delivered effective results, as 80% of respondents admitted that having multiple point solutions slowed down their team’s ability to detect, respond and recover from incidents. This raises significant concerns as 67% of organizations said they have deployed ten or more point solutions in their security stacks, while 25% said they have 30 or more.​
  • Unsecure and Unmanaged Devices Add Complexity: 85% of companies said their employees access company platforms from unmanaged devices​, and 43% of those spend one-fifth (20%) of their time logged onto company networks from unmanaged devices. ​Additionally, 29% reported that their employees hop between at least six networks over a week.
  • The Cyber Talent Gap Persists: Progress is being further hampered by critical talent shortages, with 87% of companies highlighting it as an issue. In fact, 46% of companies said they had more than ten roles related to cybersecurity unfilled in their organization at the time of the survey.
  • Future Cyber Investments Ramping Up: Companies are aware of the challenge and are ramping up their defenses with over half (52%) planning to significantly upgrade their IT infrastructure in the next 12 to 24 months. This is a marked increase from just one-third (33%) who planned to do so last year. Most prominently, organizations plan to upgrade existing solutions (66%), deploy new solutions (57%), and invest in AI-driven technologies (55%). Further, 97% of companies plan to increase their cybersecurity budget in the next 12 months, and 86% respondents say their budgets will increase by 10% or more.

To overcome the challenges of today’s threat landscape, Cisco advises companies to accelerate meaningful investments in security, including adoption of innovative security measures and a security platform approach, strengthen their network resilience, establish meaningful use of generative AI, and ramp up recruitment to bridge the cybersecurity skills gap.


Nathan Muller is the author of 29 technical books and over 3,000 articles that have appeared in 75 publications worldwide. He also writes articles, blogs and social media content for tech companies and their executives.

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