Some 63 percent of Australian organisations have experienced at least one security breach or incident in the past year, according to a report by CompTIA, a non-profit trade association based in Illinois, USA.More than 1500 business and technology executives in
12 countries were surveyed, with respondents in Brazil, Canada, Germany, India,
Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, the UAE, and the UK, as well
as Australia, where 125 respondents were involved.
While Australia’s 63 percent breach rate was serious enough, it was left in the
dust by experiences in India (94 percent), Malaysia (89 percent), Thailand (88
per cent), Brazil (87 percent) and Mexico (87 percent). Japan had the lowest
break-in rate at 39 percent.
The survey found that mobile security incidents – as opposed to those occurring
via connected networks – are increasing, with 71 percent of Australian
organisations reporting a mobile-related security incident such as lost device,
data policy violation, or staff disabling security features.
Some 72 percent of Australian organisations expect security to become a higher
priority over the next two years.
And the survey found human error is becoming more of a cyber-security factor for
Down Under companies, with 61 percent reporting it as a major contributor to
security risk, compared with 58 percent internationally.
Commented Moheb Moses, CompTIA’s Down Under community director: “Due to
the evolving nature of IT, most organisations have had to change the way their
company approaches security. In Australia, as in many other countries, the
greatest change has been in IT operations, especially as ?rms move to cloud or
implement new mobility strategies.”
The report can be downloaded from www.comptia.org/resources/international-trends-in-cybersecurity.