GDPR Hurts Safety but Advertising Might Assist

July 19, 2018

A survey of 900 safety experts carried out by AlienVault at Infosecurity Europe found that expending on GDPR conformity efforts has impeded danger exposure, however, cybersecurity advertising might actually help the industry. Moreover, the survey mirrored the great belief that cybersecurity is becoming rooted in politics.

Of the experts that took part in the survey, 51% said the extra resources their companies are spending on GDPR conformity takes crucial resources away from finding dangers.

Additionally, the report noted that not all safety advertising is bad. A vast majority (84%) of respondents said that the intensified cyber-threat advertising has been very beneficial. Without offering causes as to how all of the press reporting is beneficial, the report expressed, “It’s probable that big public breaches increase consciousness for the requirement of cybersecurity.”

A lion’s share (56%), think cybersecurity has become a political hostage, with just 17% conflicting with that opinion. “It is easy to see why several experts feel this way. Encryption, in particular, finds itself at the front of many debates, dividing opinion as to whether or not law enforcement must have ‘backdoors’ or other ways of accessing communication to clamp down on criminality,” the report wrote.

Cloud safety dangers will be the most troubling external threat moving forward, followed by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and the global threat landscape, including dangers of nation-state attacks.

Phishing is the most troubling internal danger, with 55% of respondents voicing concern that their company will fall target to a phishing attack. Ransomware came in at a near second, with 45% of participants rating it as the most troubling internal dangers.

Respondents were requested to choose their top danger concerns. Over a quarter (29%) of respondents fear a deficiency of trained staff, and 27% are concerned regarding non-malicious insider errors. Less than a quarter (23%) of safety experts fear social media dangers.

“The human element of phishing is what makes it appealing to attackers and [a] concern for safety departments. No single control can protect against a phishing attack, and eventually, people make errors. Actually, a human mistake can be traced back to the root cause of several violations,” the report stated.

AlienVault said user consciousness and education important, however, do not go far enough in preparing for these kinds of attacks. To reinforce their general safety posture, firms must generate a layered defense consisting of technology, people, and process, according to the report.