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2020 Mandiant Security Effectiveness Report, A Deep Dive Into Cyber Reality

Addressing the perception versus reality conundrum

April 21, 2020
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Did you know that 53% of attacks are successfully infiltrated without detection?

Did you know that only 9% of alerts are sent to security operations?

Did you know that 65% of the time, CISOs are unaware that an attack could bypass their defenses?

Did you know that 48% of the time, CISOs do not know that a malicious file transfer is taking place within the network?

All too often, organizations assume they are protected from cyber threats, but as we have read in the news headlines, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that most organizations will likely be breached…or already have been but they don’t know it. Why? Because they have not properly configured their security tools, they have gaps in their security protocols, their IT environment is overly complicated with tools with overlapping capabilities, and they are operating on assumptions.

In fact, some of the largest enterprises have a disconnect between how effectively they are alerting, blocking and detecting threats, and the reality of how the tools they have in place are performing. Unfortunately, this perception versus reality conundrum will continue unless companies adopt a strategy to continuously monitor their tools and rely on evidence-based data to identify the gaps.

In the soon to be released 2020 Mandiant Security Effectiveness Report, A Deep Dive Into Cyber Reality, we will share our findings from an evaluation of 100+ enterprise production environments globally across every major vertical. What we found was eye opening, as despite the growing number of threats and attacks, many organizations still incorrectly assume that they are protected.

We need to change how we view cybersecurity. Cyber risk is no longer just an IT problem – it’s a business problem, and it needs to be viewed and measured that way. In order to close the gap and remove the perception versus reality conundrum, the C-suite and security professionals need to work in closer alignment and validate that their security controls are working the way they’re supposed to in order to protect business-critical assets. And to get there, they need empiric evidence.

Security Instrumentation Platform (SIP) is enabling companies to do just that by identifying risks in security controls before a breach occurs and permits companies to rapidly adapt their defenses to the evolving threat landscape. SIP does this by instrumenting an IT environment to test the effectiveness of network, endpoint, email and cloud controls and provides quantifiable evidence that investments made in controls are actually delivering the expected business outcomes.

Interested in learning how you can validate your controls against current and actual attacks? Download An Executive Summary: Addressing Cyber Risk and Security Effectiveness in the Digital Age and reserve an advanced copy of our 2020 Mandiant Security Effectiveness Report.

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