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Record level of vulnerabilities sparks cyber security innovation among global enterprises

New data ranking the 'cyber maturity' of organisations reveals the most commonly targeted sectors are also the most prepared to deal with the ever-evolving threat landscape.

Johannesburg, 17 May 2019
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Dimension Data has revealed exclusive findings from its Executive Guide to NTT Security's 2019 Global Threat Intelligence Report concerning the cyber security maturity of organisations across a number of markets and sectors.

Globally, the average cyber security maturity rating languishes at a worrying 1.45 out of five, a score determined by an organisation's holistic approach to cyber security from a process, metrics and strategic perspective.

This comes during a time when security vulnerabilities have also surged to a record high (up 12.5% from 2017). The finance (1.71) and technology (1.66) sectors boast the highest maturity ratings and are continuing to ramp up their security posture, most likely prompted by their unenviable positions as the most commonly targeted industries, each accounting for 17% of all attacks recorded in 2018.

Scouring trillions of logs and billions of attacks, the report also revealed the most common attack types, with Web attacks the most prevalent threat, doubling in frequency since 2017 and accounting for 32% of all attacks detected last year. Reconnaissance (16%) was the next most common hostile activity, closely followed by service-specific attacks (13%) and brute-force attacks (12%).

According to Mark Thomas, VP, Cybersecurity at Dimension Data, there's clearly work to be done across all sectors in order to establish more robust security postures, but reassuringly, many c-suite leaders are recognising the importance of making more strategic investments to improve their cyber security defences.

"There have been some exciting developments in the predictive threat intelligence space, with new levels of collaboration and buy-in across the cyber security value chain. What's more, the most targeted industries are also the most likely to seek assistance to evolve their strategies and build their security programmes, which bodes well for companies looking to reach their desired cyber maturity state."

Other highlights from the Executive Guide to the NTT Security 2019 Global Threat Intelligence Report include:

* Globally, 35% of attacks originate from IP addresses within the US and China, followed by EMEA and APAC.
* Cryptojacking represents a significant amount of hostile activity, at times accounting for more detections than all other malware combined, hitting the technology and education sectors hardest.
* Credential theft is up as attackers target cloud credentials, with tech companies, telcos and business and professional services significantly impacted by this.

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