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Only 65% of firms have cybersecurity experts: Gartner

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Gartner, a market research firm, recently came out with a survey stating that only 65 percent of companies globally have a cybersecurity expert. The Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda Survey suggested that over 95 percent of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) anticipate that cyber attacks might increase in the next three years due to the shortage of cybersecurity experts, eventually causing potential threats to the organization’s security.

“In a twisted way, many cybercriminals are digital pioneers, finding ways to leverage big data and web-scale techniques to stage attacks and steal data,” Rob McMillan, Research Director at Gartner, said in a statement.

“CIOs can’t protect their organizations from everything, so they need to create a sustainable set of controls that balance their need to protect their business with their need to run it. The bad news is that cybersecurity threats will affect more enterprises in more diverse ways that are difficult to anticipate,” McMillan added.

As per the survey results, most CIOs consider market evolution as the highest priority for 2018. The findings collected from 3,160 CIO respondents in 98 countries from different industries indicated that 35% of them have already deployed cybersecurity experts in their organization, while 36% are still planning.

Last year, a survey conducted by a software industrial company indicated that a number of industrial companies are not taking cybersecurity seriously enough. The “Putting Industrial Cyber Security at the Top of the CEO Agenda” survey, that was conducted by Honeywell in collaboration with LNS Research, included responses from 130 strategic decision makers from industrial companies across North America, Europe, and other parts of the globe.

Forty-five percent of the respondents agreed to the fact that their organization lacks a reliable enterprise leader for cybersecurity. Forty percent have a chief of cybersecurity while 15% plan to get a cybersecurity incharge within the next year. When it comes to the companies’ manufacturing plant, only 35% of the organizations have an established role for cybersecurity.

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