With malware attacks growing more sophisticated, swift, and dangerous by the day — and billions of dollars spent to combat them — surprisingly few organizations have a grip on the problem. Only 20 percent of security professionals surveyed by Information Security Media Group (ISMG) rated their incident response program “very effective.” Nearly two-thirds struggle to detect APTs, limiting their ability to defend today’s most pernicious threats. In addition, more than 60 percent struggle with the speed of detection, and more than 40 percent struggle with the accuracy of detection. Those shortcomings give attackers more time to steal data and embed their malware deeper into targeted systems.

This survey reveals:

  • Organizations’ top incident response challenges
  • How cybercriminals are compromising their targets
  • Today’s top cyberthreats
  • The real-world cost of a breach
  • How organizations are detecting attacks
  • Where cyber defenses are falling short

The Need for Speed: 2013 Incident Response Survey
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The survey results confirm the increasingly advanced nature of threats and the inability of current tools to detect them, which have increasingly plagued organizations and incident response teams over the past few years. It’s obvious from the survey results that incident response teams are struggling with quickly and accurately detecting these attacks – if they detect them at all.

What can be done to address these gaps? To put it simply, we need a new model that ensures incident response teams have access to timely, relevant and accurate information, particularly given limited resources and high risks. Incident response teams need a way to cut through the noise and distinguish what is real and what is not.

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