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IT decision makers lack confidence to combat security threats

Despite seeing how painful poor cyber-security posture can be on a company, IT decision makers are still sceptical of the funds given to them by upper management to combat the threat, and lack the confidence, too. This is according to a new report by cloud business applications provider Intermedia. The company surveyed 350 ITDMs, asking questions in four categories: Security, General IT Services, Infrastructure and Skilled IT Workforce. 

Overall, the confidence score is 7.2 out of 10, which Intermedia calls 'modest' (0 means a company is not confident at all, and 10 means the company is 'extremely confident'). The ability to prevent, withstand or stop ransomware and botnet attacks has scored the lowest – 6.0. Tackling DDoS attacks ranked somewhat better – 6.3.  “Given the critical role IT plays in underpinning business today, a Confidence Score of 7.2 is worrisome,” commented Jonathan Levine, CTO at Intermedia.  

“You wouldn’t feel comfortable boarding an airplane if the pilot had a 7.2 confidence level in the plane’s airworthiness. This modest confidence suggests that organisations may be more exposed than leaders realise. We’ll be watching closely to see if further cloud adoption helps improve confidence, or if the insufficient attention given to IT concerns today will further erode confidence in the coming year.” The full report, entitled 2016 IT Confidence Index, can be found on this link.  

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Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.