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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:39

Most Companies Admit They Don’t Have a Very Effective Security Response Plan

Do you have a cybersecurity emergency plan in place? If you do, are you confident in your cybersecurity plan? If you answered both of these questions with a yes, pat yourself on the back for a job well done. And then volunteer some advice to your business peers because you are in the minority.

According to a new study by the SANS Institute, sponsored by AccessData, AlienVault, Arbor Networks, Bit9 + Carbon Black, HP and McAfee/Intel Security, found that 90 percent of American businesses don’t have a very effective cybersecurity emergency plan. One of the top reasons why an effective plan isn’t in place is lack of time to do so and a lack of budget, at 62 percent and 60 percent, respectively.

So, the companies that are already spending time and money on some sort of cybersecurity emergency plan don’t have one as good as they’d like. But these companies are also in the minority, as 43 percent don’t have any type of formal emergency response plan and 55 percent don’t have a response team. That could be a fatal mistake, especially considering that more than half claimed to have had at least one critical incident requiring a response over the past two years.