Doug Bedell — December 5, 2016, 5:09 pm

Warning: Cybersecurity Seems to Be Slipping

The Dark Reading blog provides a post in the spirit of its ominous name – the confidence of cybersecurity professionals is slipping. Seven hundred professionals were polled for the 2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card (by the CyberEdge Group and Tenable) for a global security index and the study “showed that the index fell six points in the last year to an overall ‘C-‘ score of 70 percent.”

C scores don’t cut it anywhere important, and sound cybersecurity practices are important. “A big part of that drop,” Dark Reading notes, “came on the back of a 12 point decline in risk assessment capabilities.” Feeling any better?

What’s going on here? Well, the post notes that “today’s network is constantly changing – mobile devices, cloud, IoT, Web apps, containers, virtual machines – and the data indicate that a lot of organizations lack the visibility they need to feel confident in their security posture…” What is being sensed is certainly disheartening in an era of both cyber necessity and criminality.

Reasonably assured security is indeed challenging. We’d advise assigning it the resources it requires.

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