Why IT Pros Are in Denial of Security Threats

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 11-20-2015 Email

Half of IT security experts in the United States think their organization is an unlikely target for attack, according to a new study. This largely positive outlook could account for a lack of cyber-preparedness, however, because 61% of respondents also admit that they are not confident their organization can detect advanced threats. The report, titled "Advanced Threat Detection with Machine-Generated Intelligence," was put out by the Ponemon Institute. "This research reveals some major disconnects that IT professionals seem to have between perception and reality. While even circumstantial evidence points to the increasing volume and severity of cyber-threats, it's shocking to learn that half of security pros don't even view themselves as a target," said Larry Ponemon, founder of Ponemon Institute. The Institute finds that IT teams are not confident in their ability to detect advanced persistent threats, but Ponemon said they're not doing much about it. "It's clear that new solutions are needed," he said, including machine-generated intelligence about advanced threats. The report includes responses from 614 IT security practitioners in the United States.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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