New CyberThreat Survey Confirms: Biggest Security Obstacle Is Low User Security Awareness

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The CyberEdge Group is an award-winning research firm that serves information security vendors and service providers. They recently surveyed 1,100 qualified IT security decision makers & practitioners, all from organizations with more than 500 employees, representing 15 countries and 19 industries.

The 37-page report was sponsored by vendors like Symantec, HP, SecureWorks and Webroot and is excellent ammo for your IT security budget requests. (click on graphic to enlarge and download)

The Results Are Eye Opening

The percentage of respondents affected by successful attacks has risen the last three years from 62% in 2014, to 71% in 2015, to 76% in 2016, and to 79% in 2017 with no end in sight.

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