"The findings from this report strongly indicate that risk-based security management is still viewed as an IT or security task instead of a business task," noted Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. "Unfortunately, the full value of a risk-based approach to security can only be realized when senior business leaders fully participate in the process."
Key findings from the survey include:
81% rated their organization's commitment to risk-based security management as 'significant' or 'very significant'
88% identified the protection of intellectual property and 78% identified the minimization of non-compliance as a key business objectives for risk-based security programs
60% say that risk-based security management helps align security programs with business objectives
46% say their organization's approach or strategy for risk-based security management is non-existent or 'ad-hoc'
62% say that the business has little or no input involvement in providing risk-based analysis
47% don't have a risk-based security management program or most program activities have not been deployed
Only 29% have a security risk management strategy that is applied consistently across the enterprise
"There's a big gap between risk-based security program commitment and how organizations are actually operating," noted Elizabeth Ireland, vice president of product marketing for Tripwire. "This could be because many organizations haven't fully connected the importance of their cyber security program to their top-level business risks despite the rapid increase in cyber security threats."
The complete survey results will be released in five parts over the next two months and will cover the following topics:
Risk-based security management maturity and governance
The value of risk-based security metrics
Key metrics for risk-based security
Risk-based security controls and spending
Risk-based security collaboration, communication and culture
For more information about the survey please visit: http://www.tripwire.com/ponemon/2013/#maturity.
About the Ponemon Institute
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