Cybersecurity breaches hit 63 percent of Australian organisations, research reveals
A new report by CompTIA has found that 63 percent of Australian organisations have been plagued by at least one security breach or incident in the past year.
The report, International Trends in Cybersecurity, reveals that self-reported security breaches were most prevalent in India (94 percent), Malaysia (89 percent), Thailand (88 percent), Brazil (87 percent) and Mexico (87 percent). Organisations in Japan (39 percent) and the United Arab Emirates (40 percent) reported the lowest percentages of self-reported security incidents.
More than 1500 business and technology executives in 12 different countries were surveyed. The report includes data from Australia with 125 respondents, including Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, the UAE, and the United Kingdom.
The study also reports that mobile security incidents are occurring at a higher rate with 71 percent of Australian organisations reporting a mobile-related security incident such as lost device, data policy violation, or staff disabling security features.
Mobile incidents were reported at the highest percentages in Thailand (95 percent) India (91 percent) and Mexico (89 percent); and in the lowest percentages in Japan (60 percent), the UAE (60 percent) and the UK (64 percent).
Furthermore, 72 percent of Australian organisations expect security to become a higher priority over the next two years. The top drivers for a changing approach to security in Australia include:
- change in IT operations (e.g. cloud, mobility) (41 percent)
- reports of security breaches at other firms (33 percent)
- internal security breach or incident (32 percent)
- knowledge gained from training/certification (28 percent)
- change in business operations or client base. (27 percent)
Moheb Moses, director, Channel Dynamics, and ANZ Community Director, CompTIA, says, “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 ﬁrms move to cloud or implement new mobility strategies.”
The study also revealed that human error is becoming more of a cybersecurity factor for companies with 61 per cent of Australian organisations reporting it as a major contributor to security risk (compared with 58 percent internationally).
Amy Carrado, senior director, research and market intelligence, CompTIA, says, “The importance of cybersecurity knowledge and readiness continues to grow regardless of geography, with 79 percent of companies internationally expecting cybersecurity to become a higher priority over the next two years.”
To download the report visit: https://www.comptia.org/resources/international-trends-in-cybersecurity.