More than 80% of CISOs think that the risk of cyberattacks is increasing — and nearly a quarter believe that the attackers' capabilities are outpacing their own, according to new research from Forbes in association with Fortinet. The reasons for the perceived disparity include shortages in budget and skilled professionals along with a threat attack surface that is quickly becoming larger and more sophisticated.
Artificial intelligence and increasing automation are among the tools CISOs are deploying to deal with increasing threat pressure while they work to increase their budgets and improve the training among security and IT staff to more adroitly deal with malicious activity.
Among the resources to be protected, customers' personally identifiable information (PII) is listed as most critical, with 36% of those responding saying that it's their primary concern. PII joins company intellectual property as assets CISOs say are at the top of the list of things to be protected — and the top of the list of assets criminals are most likely to target.
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