While many survey respondents believe incident response is necessary; most do not have the capabilities to determine the full scope of an incident when it occurs. This is daunting, given that 75 percent of the respondents believe that an attack will have a significant impact on their company brand and reputation.
According to Jim Finley, former Deputy under Secretary of Defense for acquisition and technology and respondent to the survey, "Most enterprise security budgets are allocated almost entirely for prevention. Very little is set aside for response, so when an incident does happen most companies tend not to be as prepared as they ought to be."
Over 200 individuals participated in the survey. All belonged to organizations with at least 1,000 network nodes and either managed or were directly involved in the maintenance of their organization's computer networks. Highlights of the findings include:
"In 2008, more than 285 million records were compromised," said Steve Shillingford, CEO of Solera Networks. "That number is staggering, and it's only from 90 confirmed breaches. TMobile, Pepsi, Merrill Lynch and American Express are just a few companies that have been under attack and have experienced an impact to brand reputation and trust. It demonstrates that despite the many prevention tools that are in place, a breach is inevitable. Companies that want to quickly respond and remediate must have a comprehensive network forensics solution in place for incident response."
Ray Owen, Defense/intelligence cybersecurity executive and advisor, said, "Management needs to understand that mounting an effective response to an attack requires real-time knowledge of what is happening across their networks. The industry needs the tools to help us do that quickly."
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