MAHWAH, New Jersey, November 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Despite the increasing sophistication and severity of cyber attacks, a survey of more than 700 senior IT professionals reveals that organizations are surprisingly unarmed to deal with today's threat landscape. In a new report titled "Cyber Security on the Offense: A Study of IT Security Experts," the Ponemon Institute and Radware®, (NASDAQ: RDWR), a leading provider of application delivery and application security solutions for virtual and cloud data centers, found that while 65 percent of organizations experienced an average of three distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in the past 12 months, less than half reported being vigilant in monitoring for attacks - much less putting into practice proactive and preventative measures to protect their organizations.
"The reality is that cyber threats are outpacing security professionals, leaving most organizations vulnerable and unprepared," said Avi Chesla, chief technology officer, Radware. "From hacktivists to cyber criminals, companies live under the constant threat of assaults that contribute to lost revenue and serious reputational damage. It's critical that organizations take immediate action after reading this report. IT managers have to advocate for a multi-layered approach that also takes in account countermeasures to prevent threats before they inflict significant damage."
Key findings from the report include:
"There is a frightening gap that exists between the increasing severity of cyber attacks and the level of preparedness that exists in the industry," said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. "The report's findings make clear that now is the time for organizations to begin making critical changes to their security approaches in order to stave off the potentially devastating costs associated with a lack of preparedness and adequate defenses."
To access a complete version of the report, please visit http://www.ddoswarriors.com, Radware's in-depth resource for information security professionals. In addition, Radware will host a webinar on November 14 to discuss the report's findings and provide actionable insights to help any organization properly mitigate attacks in an increasingly hostile threat landscape. Sign up here.
About Cyber Security on the Offense: A Study of IT Security Experts
The research for Cyber Security on the Offense: A Study of IT Security Experts was co-authored by the Ponemon Institute and Radware. The report surveyed 705 U.S. based IT and IT security practitioners responsible for managing their organization's cyber security activities. 62 percent of the respondents surveyed were at the supervisor level or higher with an average of more than 11 years of experience. 65 percent of respondents were from organizations with a global headcount of more than one thousand and the primary industry segments for the report included financial services and the public sector as well as healthcare and pharmaceuticals. The survey consisted of 35 questions on respondents' perceptions of and experiences with their organization's cyber security infrastructure and the types of threats they now face.
In addition to the report's key findings, Cyber Security on the Offense includes:
About the Ponemon Institute
The Ponemon Institute is dedicated to advancing responsible information and privacy management practices in business and government. To achieve this objective, the Institute conducts independent research, educates leaders from the private and public sectors and verifies the privacy and data protection practices of organizations in a variety of industries.
Radware (NASDAQ: RDWR), is a global leader of application delivery and application security solutions for virtual and cloud data centers. Its award-winning solutions portfolio delivers full resilience for business-critical applications, maximum IT efficiency, and complete business agility. Radware's solutions empower more than 10,000 enterprise and carrier customers worldwide to adapt to market challenges quickly, maintain business continuity and achieve maximum productivity while keeping costs down. For more information, please visit http://www.radware.com.
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