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What organizations are most likely to be hit by cyberattacks?

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A study of 300 Chief Information Officers by Bitdefender and Millward Brown looked at medium and large businesses and organizations to see how they deal with cybersecurity.  Here are some of the findings and what they mean.

  • 30.7% protect their IT infrastructure with firewalls.
  • 26.7% use anti-malware programs.
  • 24.7% said they had problems with passwords being compromised in the last six months.
  • 26.8% of medium businesses say they had to deal with password issues "recently" versus 20.6% from large businesses.
  • 46.1% of large businesses review their IT security every three months, while 39.4% of medium businesses do that.  Both sizes constantly focus on security breaches though.
  • Law firms are projected to spend over $6.9 million in information security this year, driven by client demand for security.

As you can see, organizations tend to take cybersecurity seriously.  That said, as logic would dictate, larger companies tend to have more resources to devote to security and, as a result, tend to be more secure as a result.

The research also showed that the main areas of focus for organizations are strengthening in-house security, identifying gaps between internal and exterior security, getting or updating IT-related liability insurance and training employees to be more aware basic cybersecurity.