New Study: Many Consumers Lack Understanding of Basic Cyber Hygiene

Data breaches have been a headache for many years and for a long time there seemed to be a general apathy about them. Our sense was that things may have changed in the wake of the most severe breach ever – the theft of 145 million social security numbers and other sensitive data from Equifax – which leaves most Americans with the burden of having to monitor for identity theft for the rest of their lives. Against this backdrop, we decided to find out how aware Americans are of cybersecurity threats and risks, how concerned they are about getting their information stolen, and what they might be doing, or more importantly, not doing about it. We also wanted to learn if recent breaches have caused Americans to change their behavior at all. Tenable recently commissioned a survey, conducted online by Harris Poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, to determine how data breaches – and media attention around them – are impacting consumers’ perceptions about their online security and their behavior. Going into this project, our hypothesis was that because of all the recent breaches, Americans are more aware of security breaches than they were in the past, but...
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Cyber Exposure: The Next Frontier for Security

The stakes have never been higher when it comes to cybersecurity. Global cyber attacks such as the recent WannaCry ransomware attack is a sobering reminder that cybersecurity is the existential threat of this generation. A new report from Lloyd’s of London estimates a serious cyber attack could cost the global economy more than $120 billion - as much as catastrophic natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Sandy. According to the report, the most likely scenario is a malicious hack that would take down a cloud service provider at an estimated loss of $53 billion. With all of the attention and the hundreds of vendors in the security industry, why are we still here in this same situation, with it only getting worse and more severe? The reality is these "future" technologies and compute platforms, such as IoT and cloud, are no longer the future. They are here and now. This means the cyber attack surface is no longer a laptop or a server in a data center. According to Business Intelligence, there will be nine billion active IoT devices in the enterprise by 2019. That’s more than the entire smartphone and tablet markets...
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